With up to four inches of rain in the forecast for this weekend, rivers and streams around Middle Tennessee are expected to swell. On the anniversary of deadly flooding that swept the region in 2010, an official who helps manage area dams says he understands if people feel tense.
Since last weekend’s heavy rains, the Army Corps of Engineers has been releasing water from dams to free up room if they need to hold floodwaters back. Engineer Robert Dillingham notes the National Weather Service expects the Cumberland River to rise within a few feet of flood stage.
“They are forecasting I believe a 33-foot stage in Nashville, which is definitely higher than normal. It’s about what we had last weekend – about where it crested last weekend.”
Dillingham says this rain should be slow and steady, unlike last weekend. In flash floods he says less rain is absorbed into the ground, leading to more runoff and rising waters.