Community members worried about Swift Creek Reservoir’s water level

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Rainfall in Virginia has been six to 12 inches below the norm since July. The numbers come from the Department of Environmental Quality, which issued a drought watch advisory last week.

On Tuesday, 8News went to the Swift Creek Reservoir in Chesterfield where neighbors continue to watch the lake shrink.

Chesterfield County Utilities said it’s typical for water levels to be lowest in October but officials say the reservoir is eight inches lower than normal. A man who takes people fishing on the lake told 8News he’s had to turn customers away because he can’t get his boat in the water.

“I’m basically shut down right now,” said Charlie Machek, who is with the Swift Creek Reservoir Guide Service. “My boat won’t float off the trailer so I’ve been telling people writing their names down and keeping track of them and telling them if the water does come up we’ll go but otherwise look for next spring.”

Machek grew up around the reservoir and is now raising his family in the area. While he is trying to keep a positive attitude, Machek says business is likely done for the season. He’s now focused on when the water will return.

“It’ll rain when it rains and there’s nobody you can blame you just hope God brings us some rain one day,” Machek told 8News.

The Swift Creek Reservoir is one of three water sources for Chesterfield County. County officials said while water levels are low, the James River has taken the biggest hit.



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