Nashville under flood watch

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 5:59pm
Staff reports

The National Weather Service has placed the Nashville area under a flood watch, with heavy rain having been expected Tuesday night.

The flood watch will be in effect through Wednesday afternoon.

For Wednesday, showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before noon. The remainder of the day is expected to be cloudy and yield a high near 66. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph, and the chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

In a related matter and following a series of three rain events that have moved through the region and the Cumberland River Basin during the last couple weeks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District reported Tuesday that lake levels are elevated at many of its projects. However, river levels on the Cumberland River remain at seasonal levels, well below flood stage, the Corps said.

According to Bob Sneed, chief of the district’s water management section, on average, the combined rainfall within the Cumberland River Basin for the three separate rain events has been about 5.5 inches. Several locations within the Corps’ network of rain gages have seen as much as seven to 10 inches of rain. 

The Corps said a lot of the rain has fallen in areas that drain into lakes that have flood storage capability. This has allowed Corps’ water managers to capture the rainfall and release it in a controlled manner to protect areas downstream.

2 Comments on this post:

By: henery obio on 3/8/11 at 8:54

its a serious issue......

By: on 3/9/11 at 6:43

I have noticed priest lake water levels were low prior to the recent rain storms. Maybe it is good planning in the aftermath of May 2010. It would not be cool to drain all that water out and then have a drought! What a tough call to make this time of year. Thank you Corp. for watching out for us, don't fall asleep at the wheel. Everyone should be on alert now, be prepared, mentally and physically, have a plan in case something bad happens again. Make friends with your neighbors and help them as you would want to be helped.
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