River traffic halted on Fort Loudoun Lake because of rain

River traffic halted on Fort Loudoun Lake because of rain

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All nine dams in the Tennessee Valley system were reported to be spilling water Wednesday. All nine dams in the Tennessee Valley system were reported to be spilling water Wednesday.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Valley Authority has stopped all river traffic on Fort Loudoun Lake due to heavy rains and high water levels.

The Ft. Loudoun lock was also closed because water was moving too fast to safely operate it.

TVA spokesman Travis Brickey said the closure may last for several days, possibly a week to ten days.

Brickey said the dam is moving water through at a rate of 70,000 cubic fee per second, which is the threshold at which they shut down water traffic.

The lake was approximately two feet above summer levels on Wednesday and many docks were under water.

All nine dams in the Tennessee Valley system were reported to be spilling water Wednesday.

Brickey said TVA is holding water in tributary dams and will release it gradually, once the rains move out of the area.

 

 

 

 

We've had to increase the discharge rate from Fort Loudoun dam, located near Knoxville, to 70,000 cubic feet per second (about 518,000 gallons per second) and it looks like that will be increased later today.  Because of the increase, the river is closed to commercial river traffic and the navigation lock is closed at Fort Loudoun.  The water is running too fast to safety operate the navigation lock.

 

 

 

TVA's River Forecast Center in Knoxville is actively managing the moving of water and is keeping a close eye on flooding conditions.  Mainly agriculture areas are being impacted with no structures.

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