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TVA increases flow along rivers due to rainfall

2:56 PM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
Fort Loudoun Dam
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TVA said it has increased flow along rivers after a wet weekend in East Tennessee.

River Forecasting manager Tom Barnett said we saw three-to-four inches of rainfall in Fort Loudoun and up to six inches in parts of the mountains.

"A busy few days battling the rainfall, and we're just trying to keep the levels manageable along the river," said Barnett.

TVA officials said they increased flow along rivers to try and get water levels where they should be, but Barnett said the rainfall brings some added pluses.

"For the calendar year we're about 140 percent on rainfall. But with that we've been able to generate a lot of cheaper electricity," explained Barnett. "It's of course TVA's least expensive form of generation, so we want to maximize its use. That pays dividends for the rate payers."

Barnett said TVA shut off flowing for Norris Dam on Friday to keep the water low downstream, but it plans to restart spilling tomorrow.

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