Tennessee River at Flood Stage

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Ashley Henderson
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Updated: 7/09/2013 7:24 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) -- They may be baking out west, but the southeast has seen plenty of cloudy, wet weather.
Rainfall totals this year are way above average.
The flooding you see around the tri-state area is not that unusual, but there are some aspects of the weather this summer that are anything but normal.

The River Park is flooded, visitors are being shued-away from the river.
You can't get to the Delta Queen, the River Gorge Explorer, or the Blue Moon. Tourists may be a little peaved about it all, but nobody can control the weather.

SCOTT BROOKS, SPOKESMAN, TVA " We are in what we call flood control mode...we're trying to manage water through the entire system which is about 650 miles from upper east Tennessee all the way down through Paducah, Kentucky."

TVA is trying to equalize all of its basins and prepared just in case there's more rain Thursday.

SCOTT BROOKS, TVA "We're averaging 1.3 to 1.4 million gallons a second coming through Chickamauga...and includes all the generating all the turbines..and spilling the excess water and we're trying to get that water out of the system as best we can without creating any major conditions."

Captain Bart Schubert works for Marine Max at Ross's landing. But he's actually in charge of every landing point on the river in Chattanooga.

CAPT. BART SCHUBERT, DOCK MASTER "When the river flow does come up..you know we try to make sure and give everybody enough notice so they can make adjustments either with their lines..when the ramps start going under water..make sure that if they are going to stay on board...they're going to stay on board..if they need to get off, they need to go ahead and get off."

We've had hard rains before, but one thing is different this year.

SCOTT BROOKS, TVA "Well, it's the fact that we don't normally have to spill or release water or do anything we're doing right now in July. Very unusual to have this much water running through the system in the month of July or anytime during middle and late summer."

Bart Schubert says he's seen high water here before, and he thinks it may be a week and a half to two weeks before things are back to normal on this part of the Tennessee River.

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