Record Water Release
The Tennessee Valley Authority releases thousands of gallons of water through the Fontana dam. The release comes after several inches of rain in July filled up Fontana Lake in our western mountains.
Over the weekend, the TVA says it released close to 200,000 gallons of water per second through the dam's turbines and through its spillways. It's the second biggest release in the dam's history.
It's still a dramatic sight Tuesday to see with 130,000 gallons per second shooting into the Little Tennessee River.
Hiker Scott Ward says, “It’s fantastic to see. I’ve come to the dam a few times man and this is a once in a lifetime view right here. You don't see this ever. It’s crazy.”
The TVA says the discharge will continue at least through the week, to add water storage space in the dam with more rain and a tropical storm in the forecast.
By Rex Hodge
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