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Spill Reductions Begin at Barkley and Kentucky Dams

TVA, via Twitter

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now reducing the amount of water flowing through Barkley and Kentucky dams. Because of recent heavy rainfall, the pools at the dams will begin to rise well above normal for this time of year.

Until Wednesday, the dam gates were wide open, spilling more than 750,000 gallons of water per second (100,000 cfs) at Lake Barkley in order to keep lake levels steady. More than 2.2 million gallons of water per second (303,000 cfs) were released Wednesday at Kentucky Dam

As the gates are closed, the pool at Barkley is expected to crest between 368 and 370 feet above mean sea level next Thursday, January 7. That’s around 15 feet above the normal pool for this time of year.

The Corps of Engineers advises boaters to exercise safety near the dams - the high waters could bring potentially large debris.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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