Anyone who has driven by Lake Paul Wallace in the last couple of days might have noticed that it is quickly filling with water. That is because the repairs to the spillway are finally finished.
Department of Natural Resources engineers approved the repairs and closing of the spillway valve last Friday, August 4, and due to the rain of the last week, it is filling quicker than expected. Exactly how quickly the lake will be available for recreational use is up to Mother Nature.
While the lake fills, access to the boat landing and parking area will be closed to prevent boat launching until the lake is at a safe level.
“We are expecting to have it reopened by the end of the month, or sooner depending on how quickly it fills,” said Sully Blair, vice chairman of the Lake Paul Wallace Authority.
Due to damage suffered to the spillway during Hurricane Matthew and the storms of 2015, the boating area of the lake has been drained since late last fall.
Although the lake authority pushed to get repairs completed, delays at the state level in finding a company to perform the repairs have left the lake empty until now.
Recreational boating has not been the only casualty caused by the lack of water in the lake.
The Lake Paul Wallace Day which was scheduled for August 26 has been canceled due to the unforeseen delays in the spillway repair and uncertainty about the lake’s water level in time for the event. The Lake Paul Wallace Authority will be meeting on August 14 at 5 p.m., when they will be discussing future event dates.