JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has implemented a “no-wake” policy at the Lake of the Ozarks after heavy rains raised the water levels.
Nixon on Thursday said that means boats must operate at idle speeds at the vacation hot spot, which likely will be busy because of Independence Day.
The announcement comes after heavy storms and rainfall caused the water levels to rise to more than 660 feet.
Nixon says a dam has been opened in an attempt to lower levels. He says the hope is to lift the no-wake policy on Saturday, but that depends on how effective floodgates are at releasing excess water.
Nixon warned that high wakes can damage docks, cause injuries and flood electronics, which also can lead to electrocution.