- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

DOVER, Tenn. (AP) - Officials have alerted communities along the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers that river levels will rise over the next few days.

The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers will begin to hold back water to ease flooding downstream, the Leaf-Chronicle (https://leafne.ws/1mrGxYq) reports.

Stewart County Mayor Rick Joiner said residents need to prepare for flooding as the water will back up.

The National Weather Service issued a river flood advisory Wednesday afternoon for the Cumberland River at Dover. According to the alert, the river will begin a slow rise Thursday and will continue to rise to nearly 65.1 feet by Monday. At 66 feet, low-lying areas near the river will be inundated.

The TVA also announced on Tuesday that the gates on the Kentucky Dam at the Tennessee River are expected to close on Jan. 2. The closure will create a rise of area lake levels over the next few weeks.

On Wednesday, the Memphis District of the Corps of Engineers announced it had started its second phase of flood fight. During that phase, personnel monitor government flood-risk-reduction works and assist communities and flood control organizations.

Joiner says officials will address any emergency situations should they arise.


Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, https://www.theleafchronicle.com

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