TVA preparing for heavy rain, flooding in East Tennessee

TVA preparing for heavy rain, flooding in East Tennessee

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Forecasters with TVA have been watching weather models since Monday. Forecasters with TVA have been watching weather models since Monday.
"It floods on both sides of me. I own houses, one on each side, and on the other side of those homes, that's where it comes up on the roads making it impassible," said Harriman resident Willie Gordon. "It floods on both sides of me. I own houses, one on each side, and on the other side of those homes, that's where it comes up on the roads making it impassible," said Harriman resident Willie Gordon.
With the dark clouds overhead, he's bracing for the inevitable threat of rain and flooding along Riggs Chapel Road. With the dark clouds overhead, he's bracing for the inevitable threat of rain and flooding along Riggs Chapel Road.
"What we have a lot of is the trees, the fallen trees that fall on the power lines and power outages. Of course we'll contact the electric company," said John Rayburn with Roane County Emergency Services. "What we have a lot of is the trees, the fallen trees that fall on the power lines and power outages. Of course we'll contact the electric company," said John Rayburn with Roane County Emergency Services.
"We are running hydroelectric turbines in the main river dams almost at full capacity," said James Everett with TVA. "We are running hydroelectric turbines in the main river dams almost at full capacity," said James Everett with TVA.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

HARRIMAN (WATE) - East Tennessee could see some flooding to round out the week as heavy rain looks likely for Friday.

That means the Tennessee Valley Authority is on high alert, preparing for an excess of water in the area.

At Fort Loudoun Dam, TVA officials say they're moving 200,000 gallons of water per second just to get ready, but everyone seems to be getting a jump start on this rain.

"My grandmother and grandfather lived here during the 1929 flood," said Harriman resident Willie Gordon.

With the dark clouds overhead, he's bracing for the inevitable threat of rain and flooding along Riggs Chapel Road.

"It floods on both sides of me. I own houses, one on each side, and on the other side of those homes, that's where it comes up on the roads making it impassible," said Gordon.

Roane County emergency services personnel are preparing for this storm to sweep through, with crews on standby to make sure people are able to get home despite flooded roads.

"What we have a lot of is the trees, the fallen trees that fall on the power lines and power outages. Of course we'll contact the electric company," said John Rayburn with Roane County Emergency Services.

Some places west of Interstate 75 are expecting up to five to six inches of rain total over the next few days. That's why forecasters with TVA have been watching weather models since Monday.

"We are running hydroelectric turbines in the main river dams almost at full capacity," said James Everett with TVA.

Because its almost winter, lake levels have already been lowered, so TVA officials say we should be able to handle this rain.

However, everyone has their eye on the sky, ready to weather this rain storm.

"I have extra supplies here and a generator, because usually the power goes out when we get that much rain," said Gordon. 

East Tennessee has received a total of 61.24 inches in 2013, which is above the yearly average rainfall by more than 17 inches.

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