Despite Dam Releases Throughout Tennessee, Some Flooding Still Likely

The red dots on this map mark the location of TVA dams. Water spills are expected to continue for one or two weeks. Source: TVA

The red dots on this map mark the location of TVA dams. Water spills are expected to continue for one or two weeks. Source: TVA

TVA already released water last month from all its reservoirs along the Tennessee River. Now, the spill gates are open at every dam on the Tennessee and half of the ones the utility operates on smaller rivers, like the Cumberland. The Army Corps of Engineers is taking similar action at the sites it operates.

But where the Tennessee empties into the Ohio and Mississippi, one key dam remains mostly closed. Those rivers can’t handle any extra water. And while the dam releases should help minimize flooding, some land immediately adjacent to the Tennessee, especially low lying agricultural fields, could still end up covered.

Flooding is already reported along the state’s Southern border, in places like Chattanooga and Savannah. TVA has closed some of its recreational areas due to high water. And in Nashville, the Cumberland River is expected to rise enough tomorrow to cover the lower deck of Riverfront Park.


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