- Associated Press - Monday, December 28, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority has opened flood gates on all of its nine mainstream dams on the Tennessee River and is holding back water in its upstream storage reservoirs.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (https://bit.ly/1OhhVw8) the move comes after nearly a foot of rainfall in parts of the Tennessee Valley over the past week put the river above flood stage in parts of northern Alabama.

Spokesman Travis Brickey said the agency is in flood control mode and working with the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages other river systems and dams in the Tennessee Valley.

The increased water flow has shut down barge traffic through Chattanooga and boosted the river level there by 7 feet from last Wednesday.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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