Johnson County

Marina suffering from extreme lake levels

BUTLER, Tenn. - Wednesday's rain didn't do anything to help the high waters of Watauga Lake.

Right now the lake is at 1,966.5 feet, just six inches down from its record-breaking level set earlier this week.

At Cove Ridge Marina in Butler, Tennessee, employees told News 5 they had to cut off their electricity on the water for safety reasons last week.  

Days later, that's putting a damper on business. "In fuel sales we do [lose business], and of course we operate a grill here. So without any power, it's shut down, too," said Wayne Proffitt, a marina employee.

TVA officials told News 5 they are continuing to use of both generating turbines and a system called 'sluicing' to lower the lake.

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