With the record rainfall for the month of February in addition to a very wet December and January as well as more rain this past weekend, the rivers and reservoirs across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky are filled with runoff.
It’s the job of the US Army Corps of Engineers to deal with this additional moisture.
The Nashville Office manages 10 dams in the Cumberland River System, and we went to Old Hickory Dam to observe the releases. Water was being released at 105 thousand cubic feet per second as of Monday.
We spoke to Anthony Rodino the Nashville District Water Management Section Chief about these releases. He expects that releases will continue for the next week or two.
“We’ve seen record rainfall in the month of February. It’s also been the wettest period for December, January, and February on record for the state of Tennessee. Because of all the rainfall we’ve been discharging large amounts of water from our upstream reservoirs to keep our systems prepared for future rain. I would expect this to continue for at least the next week or so as the next rainfall system develops later this week,” said Rodino.
News 2 will keep you updated on the releases throughout the Cumberland River System.