Recent rains lead to dangers on lakes and rivers

Recent rains lead to dangers on lakes and rivers

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Lake levels are already high because of the extra rain East Tennessee has received this year. Lake levels are already high because of the extra rain East Tennessee has received this year.
"As they release more water, you will have more currents and that's usually happening more around the dams," said Roberson. "As they release more water, you will have more currents and that's usually happening more around the dams," said Roberson.
The recent rains have also meant more debris like logs and trash in the water. The recent rains have also meant more debris like logs and trash in the water.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Recent rain has left local lakes and rivers full.

TVA officials says they are working hard to handle all the extra volume and want to make sure people are safe when they go out on the water.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer Jeff Roberson took us out on Fort Loudoun Lake to look at conditions.

"When we get higher rain levels a lot of time we get more debris, trees, logs, garbage in the water," said Roberson.

The short time we were on the lake, we saw several large logs floating in the water.

"With all this rain that we've had, we are about 7.5 inches above normal," said TVA's Chuck Bach, the general manager of river scheduling.

Bach said all reservoirs are currently full. They are working on making sure all this water has somewhere to go.

"We are trying to move that water down through the river system and do it in a matter where we minimize impact from flooding," he said.

Along with watching out for that debris in the water, another big concern is the current.

"As they release more water, you will have more currents and that's usually happening more around the dams," said Roberson.

Bach says one positive thing from all the extra water is more electricity being produced by their hydroturbines.

He said as the levels rise, power rates should be lower.

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