Dock inspections begin as water levels recede

11:56 PM, Jan 19, 2013   |    comments
High water levels on Fort Loudoun caused damage to docks in the area.
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East Tennesseans are still feeling the effects of this week's storms.

Even though water is receding on Fort Loudoun in West Knoxville, homeowners on the lake are keeping a watchful eye on their boats and docks.

Owner of DOCK & DECK, Jason Varney, has been responding to calls all week due to the high water.

Varney is now inspecting docks on the water and surveying damage.

According to Varney, water levels at Fort Loudoun were 5 ft. to 7 ft. above average.

On Saturday, it was still 3 ft. higher than last year in January.

"To see the water raised to this level, a foot and a half over the normal summer pool, it's hard to even see that happen during the summer times," Varney said.

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has a phone app that shows predictions for water levels.

It can help people prepare their boats and docks before a storm.

Varney said the boat should be stored high and secured with ropes.

Most importantly, the power needs to be turned off on the dock.

"When it rises it gets into the high voltage power and it causes more problems... electrocution, everything that comes along with it," Varney said.

If there are concerns or damage, Varney said it is important to have a licensed marine contractor or licensed electrician inspect the property.

More questions can be answered by contacting DOCK & DECK at (865) 765-3625.

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