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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Dams saved $1.72 billion in Flood Damage

 

Written by Leon Roberts
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District

U.S. Army Corps of EngineersNashville, TN –  The 10 dams operated by the U.S. Corps of Engineers in the Cumberland River Basin performed as designed during the wettest February on record, saving an estimated $1.72 billion in would-be flood damage to the region.

The ability to hold back water where possible reduced impacts in Nashville by as much as 16 feet, preventing $1.5 billion of damage that would have resulted from higher water. The water level on the Cumberland River in Music City reached 40.93 feet with projects operating, but would have reached an estimated 57.2 feet if the storage projects upstream were not in existence.

Dale Hollow Dam on the Obey River in Celina, Tennessee, discharges water March 4th, 2019. (Don Busbice, USACE)

Dale Hollow Dam on the Obey River in Celina, Tennessee, discharges water March 4th, 2019. (Don Busbice, USACE)

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Management Center passes Harvey runoff through Cheatham Dam, Barkley Dam

 

Written by Leon Roberts
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District

U.S. Army Corps of EngineersNashville, TN – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Water Management Center is working this morning to manage runoff from last night’s heavy rainfall from remnants of Hurricane Harvey down the Cumberland River through Cheatham Dam in Ashland City, Tennessee, and Barkley Dam in Grand Rivers, Kentucky.

Six to nine inches of rain fell into the uncontrolled watershed between Old Hickory Dam and Cheatham Dam, the metro Nashville area, and particularly areas to the north and west of Nashville.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Water Management Center is passing water through Cheatham Dam on the Cumberland River in Ashland City, Tenn., at a rate exceeding 90,000 cubic feet per second. Six to nine inches of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey fell into the Cumberland River watershed and is flowing into Cheatham Lake in Tennessee and Barkley Lake in Kentucky. Cheatham Lock is closed because of the strong currents flowing through the dam. (Mark Rankin)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Water Management Center is passing water through Cheatham Dam on the Cumberland River in Ashland City, Tenn., at a rate exceeding 90,000 cubic feet per second. Six to nine inches of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey fell into the Cumberland River watershed and is flowing into Cheatham Lake in Tennessee and Barkley Lake in Kentucky. Cheatham Lock is closed because of the strong currents flowing through the dam. (Mark Rankin)

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Additional rainfall not expected to cause river flooding

 

Montgomery CountyMontgomery County, TN – The National Weather Service in Nashville is predicting an average of two inches of rain, and as much as three inches locally, to fall on the Clarksville-Montgomery County area through Tuesday morning.

The additional precipitation is not expected to cause more flooding along the Cumberland River in Clarksville, although the county remains under a flash flood watch. «Read the rest of this article»

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Water Level Update

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – A Tennessee Emergency Management Agency official said this afternoon that the Cumberland River level at Clarksville will not be affected by a backup of water in Lake Barkley after Barkley Dam has shut down.

The swollen Cumberland River rushing past the Old Railroad Bridge at Riverside Drive, Clarksville TN.

The swollen Cumberland River rushing past the Old Railroad Bridge at Riverside Drive, Clarksville TN.

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Latest River Update

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – The latest information from Barkley Dam is today 22,000 cubic feet of water per second was released and on Thursday the rate will be cut back to 6,000 cubic feet per second.

The National Weather Service is now projecting the Cumberland River will crest at 50 feet and the Red River will crest at 40 feet.

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Road Closures

 

Montgomery CountyMontgomery County, TN – As of this afternoon, there are several roadways that are closed due to high water. We are anticipating an additional three inches of rain this evening and tonight and have been informed that both Cheatham and Barkley Dams are closed.

The following are the current road closures for the Clarksville Montgomery County area.

Water flowing over Powers PL just off Taurus Road in southern Montgomery County.

Water flowing over Powers PL just off Taurus Road in southern Montgomery County.

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Volunteer Assistance Needed

 

Montgomery CountyMontgomery County, TN – City Mayor Kim McMillan and Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers met with city and county officials this afternoon to determine a course of action regarding potential flooding along Riverside Drive. We are anticipating an additional three inches of rain this evening and have been informed that both Cheatham and Barkley Dams are closed.

With this information, businesses and residents in formally affected areas are urged to be prepare for any possible flooding.

Cumberland River right behind Wendys on Riverside Drive Wednesday afternoon.

Cumberland River right behind Wendys on Riverside Drive Wednesday afternoon.

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