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TVA Working With USACE To Reduce Ohio River Flooding

TVA via Twitter

The Tennessee Valley Authority is in a flood control operation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help reduce flooding on the Ohio River.

The flooding follows recent bouts of heavy rain. TVA spokesperson Joshua Clendenen said on Tuesday Cairo, Illinois, is near major flood stage so the utility will use Kentucky Lake to store water.

Because of that, lake levels are expected to rise to 363 feet over the next five days, about four feet above normal summer pool levels.

The National Weather Service in Paducah says the Ohio River near Cairo will continue rising to near 51.5 feet by Tuesday afternoon and will hold steady until Saturday before slowly falling.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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