KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. -- At the Port of Kimberling on Table Rock Lake, things have settled down quite a bit since the flooding of a couple weeks ago.
"That was where the lake level was -- that's 935," said general manager Ryan Hamilton, pointing to a line on a utility pole at about eye level.
The lake had gone down about six feet on Wednesday from its record crest, and the big challenges are becoming smaller.
"Access has been our biggest challenge -- just keeping the boat docks so people can walk on them safely," Hamilton said.
Another safety issue: with the lake rising more than 20 feet from its normal level, plenty of waste and debris flushed into it.
"Anything from solid waste objects, trash that somebody might have thrown down in a gulley, can wash in through the rivers and creeks, to chemicals, anything you might put on your lawn," said Gopala Borchelt, executive director of Table Rock Lake Water Quality.
Animal waste and even some septic systems may have polluted the water.