Photo: Clear Lake

Reporter Andria Borba took a picture of Clear Lake Thursday afternoon. The lake level is hovering below flood stage, worrying residents and business owners.

When it rains one inch in Lake County, Clear Lake rises five inches -- and frankly, there's no room for any more water.

"The lake is already full capacity, and I believe it's already 60% over capacity for the year," says Jim Ducoty of Kelseyville.

At Library Park in Lakeport, what looks like a giant black worm is actually an aqua dam trying to keep Clear Lake out of the playground and the rest of the city. To understand how high the water has already risen, you don't need to look any further than TNT on the Lake. The restaurant already has sandbags in place, preparing for a repeat of the sloppy, wet El Nino winter of 1997.

"It literally covered the whole patio. It was in our restaurant, it was literally a foot high in our restaurant. So, obviously we couldn't do anything about that until it got a little drier, " says Ducoty. As of this writing, only inches separate Clear Lake from the restaurant. "If it gets any worse, which we hear it is going to get worse, we're gonna have to sandbag the whole back here."

Even when these storms subside, there will be standing water and saturated ground to deal with all over Lake County and those snowy hilltops around Mt. Konocti will have to melt somewhere, "I'm on the waterfront, but I think i'm far enough back to where it won't bother us," says Bob Leyone of Lakeport.


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