U.S. Army Corps reacts to last week's heavy rains - WKRN News 2

U.S. Army Corps reacts to last week's heavy rains

Posted: Updated: July 10, 2013 04:44 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Heavy rains at or near record levels in Middle Tennessee for the first week of July have led to some unprecedented action this week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

For the first time in the group's history "every available hydropower turbine in the Cumberland River Basin is spinning 24/7," according to Corps engineer Robert Dillingham.

Dillingham says that means dams up and down the Cumberland River including Nashville's J. Percy Priest began releasing spectacular streams of water downstream this week from reservoirs bloated by last week's rains.

The effect is noticeable for those along reservoirs and downstream.

At Nashville's Riverfront Park, Thursday's popular Nashville Dancin' event has been cancelled because of the Cumberland's already high levels that are expected to go higher as more reservoir water is released.

Downtown businesses and vendors told Nashville's News 2 the cancellation would affect sales.

On the other reservoir side of Percy Priest, places like YMCA's Camp Widjiwagan have seen water spilling over normally dry docks where hundreds of kids usually walk.

Camp counselors told Nashville's News 2 they have put extra precautions in place so children can safely get to boats since the docks are currently underwater.

"We have created a swim lane so the kids can safely swim from the shoreline out to the dock with life jackets and lifeguards ready," Camp spokesperson Laura Johnson explained.

Johnson added the reservoir rose six and a half feet between July 3 and July 8.

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