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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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Flood Advisory in effect for Cumberland River at Clarksville

 

National Weather Service (NWS)

National Weather ServiceNashville, TN – National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the Cumberland River at Clarksville in Montgomery County.

Water levels on the Cumberland River below Old Hickory Dam will continue to slowly rise through today. Locations around Nashville from Old Hickory Dam through Bordeaux could likely reach or exceed Flood Stage late today or early Sunday.

Those with interests along the river should monitor future forecasts and anticipate a Flood Warning being issued later today.

The Cumberland River at the R.J. Corman Railroad Bridge in Clarksville.

The Cumberland River at the R.J. Corman Railroad Bridge in Clarksville.

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More Rain expected this afternoon for Clarksville-Montgomery County

 

National Weather Service (NWS)

National Weather ServiceNashville, TN – The National Weather Service reports rain, possibly heavy at times, will lift northward towards Clarksville-Montgomery County and parts of Middle Tennessee starting late this afternoon.

With area creeks and rivers already swollen and saturated soils, flash flooding will be possible overnight especially south of I-40.

Several more rounds of heavy rain are expected from Friday through Saturday night. Additional rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches will be possible across Middle Tennessee. These totals, combined with the recent rainfall and already saturated ground, could lead to significant flooding across the area.

2-4 inches of rain possible for Clarksville-Montgomery County this weekend.

2-4 inches of rain possible for Clarksville-Montgomery County this weekend.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managing its dams in Cumberland River System

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District

U.S. Army Corps of EngineersNashville, TN – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is managing releases as appropriate at its dams on the Cumberland River and its tributaries due to recent and ongoing rain events and those forecasted for the next week.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for much of the Cumberland River Basin and is forecasting the potential for some rivers and streams to surpass flood stage.

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, Tennessee at a rate exceeding 90,000 cubic feet per second. 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, Tennessee at a rate exceeding 90,000 cubic feet per second. Cheatham Lock is closed because of the strong currents flowing through the dam. (Mark Rankin)

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Nashville District tames Cumberland River with the ‘Old Locks’

 

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

U.S. Army Corps of EngineersNashville, TN – Using wood coffer dams, primitive hand tools, A-frames and even animals to haul in supplies and stone blocks on tracks from nearby rock quarries, Army engineers constructed 15 navigation locks in the late 1800s and early 1900s to tame the Cumberland River for steamboats moving people and commerce throughout the region a century ago.

In the mid-1880s Col. John Barlow led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chattanooga District, and Charles Locke headed up the Nashville sub office as assistant engineer. In 1887, they prepared designs for the first lock and dam on the Cumberland River to be constructed just below the Nashville Harbor.

A Derrick arrangement is in the pit during the construction of Lock 4 Oct. 26, 1894 on the Cumberland River in Tennessee. The lock and dam were constructed to establish a navigation channel. The lock and dam were replaced by today's modern system of dams. (USACE Photo)

A Derrick arrangement is in the pit during the construction of Lock 4 Oct. 26, 1894 on the Cumberland River in Tennessee. The lock and dam were constructed to establish a navigation channel. The lock and dam were replaced by today’s modern system of dams. (USACE Photo)

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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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Tennessee National Guard Soldiers conduct security assistance exercise at Old Hickory Dam

 

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

U.S. Army Corps of EngineersHendersonville, TN – Tennessee National Guard soldiers set up road blocks and patrolled nearby the Old Hickory Dam Powerhouse this morning to protect the facility during a security assistance exercise in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.

As part of one of the largest statewide disaster preparedness exercises in Tennessee state history, the military presence at the hydroelectric power generating plant on the Cumberland River served to bring together state and federal officials to support an exercise scenario where access to the facility was compromised.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey H. Holmes, deputy adjutant general for the Tennessee National Guard, receives an update from 1st Lt. Sabrina Rumpf, officer in charge of securing the facility and platoon leader with the 269th Military Police Company, 117th Military Police Battalion, 194th Engineer Brigade, during a security assistance exercise to protect the Old Hickory Dam Powerhouse and Switchyard in Hendersonville, Tenn., June 20, 2016. (USACE photo by Leon Roberts)

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey H. Holmes, deputy adjutant general for the Tennessee National Guard, receives an update from 1st Lt. Sabrina Rumpf, officer in charge of securing the facility and platoon leader with the 269th Military Police Company, 117th Military Police Battalion, 194th Engineer Brigade, during a security assistance exercise to protect the Old Hickory Dam Powerhouse and Switchyard in Hendersonville, Tenn., June 20, 2016. (USACE photo by Leon Roberts)

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Operation Warfighter Internship program helps bridge gap for transitioning warriors

 

Written by David E. Gillespie
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – Easing the employment transition for Fort Campbell’s wounded, ill and injured recovering Service members, Operation Warfighter (OWF) hosted its quarterly career fair at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center Wednesday, allowing Soldiers to meet face-to-face with more than a dozen federal agencies with internship opportunities.

As a federal internship program, Operation Warfighter provides opportunities for Service members to augment their employment readiness by building their resumes, exploring employment interests, obtaining formal and on-the-job training, and gaining valuable Federal government work experience that helps prepare them for the future.

Staff Sgt. Shirley Clingan, a Soldier at Fort Campbell's Warrior Transition Battalion, discusses internship opportunities with Defense Finance and Accounting Service during Operation Warfighter's quarterly career fair at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center Nov. 19. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie)

Staff Sgt. Shirley Clingan, a Soldier at Fort Campbell’s Warrior Transition Battalion, discusses internship opportunities with Defense Finance and Accounting Service during Operation Warfighter’s quarterly career fair at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center Nov. 19. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie)

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