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Wow, Lake Norman is even stunning during our drought! This photo was taken recently by local photographer Scott Brotherton using a drone and it really captures the impact of our drought. Today Lake Norman’s water level is 94.1 which is slightly under 4′ below our targeted level of 98.0. (Our low was 93.9 so it is going back up.) As you can see, our shoreline is a rim of orange-tan soil. Normally the water would go all the way up to the sea walls and rip rap. Most of the docks are floating rather than stationary so you can see the pitch of the ramps down to the boatslips and some docks are very close to resting on the dirt. What a difference 4 feet makes to our shoreline!
What is cool about this aerial view is that you can see all of the shallow areas of the lake. The dark green is deep water but all of the areas of water with tan tones is very shallow. This is why boaters need to use extra caution until our lake levels are back up; and they will go back up! These past several weeks have brought us much needed rain and up to 8″ in the mountains so relief is on its way.
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