Water Levels at Lake Cumberland Could Start Rising by 2008

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Federal officials say they will consider raising the water levels at Lake Cumberland because of improvements on its leaking dam.

The shoreline was down more than 40 feet from its typical height during the tourism season because of repairs on Wolf Creek Dam in Russell County.

But the Corps of Engineers say today they will reassess the repair project early next year after they finish filling the ground under the dam with concrete.

They say the water level could then be raised by five to ten feet.

The water level is crucial to businesses and the thousands of tourists who visit the lake in the summer months.

James Flatt, general manager at a marina along the lake, says the corps' announcement was good news. He says he believes business will be a little better next year.