View Full Version : Flooding issues on the TN River

M R Dux
02-26-2019, 10:45 AM
As most of you know, the middle of the country is experiencing severe issues with flooding. The TN River forms such lakes as Chickamauga, Wheeler, Pickwick and Kentucky. With extreme rains, all the lakes are filling up to well over summer pool levels. It would be great if they TVA or Corps of Engineers (Barkley Dam and Lake) could just kick the gates open and let all that water run thru but the Mississippi, TN, Cumberland and Ohio Rivers are all flooded too. There is a game of guesswork going on as to how much to release and how high they can let the lakes go.

MY buddy, Shawn Dunnaway of ExploreKYLake.com, filmed this at KY Dam yesterday as they were starting to close gates and let KY and Barkley Lakes fill up. These lakes are on different rivers (Barkley is on Cumberland River) but are connected by a mile long canal so the levels are pretty much the same.

YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfdm5LzZe24)

02-26-2019, 10:53 AM
Pickwick looks the same Doug. 3.6 million gallons a second. My neighbor behind me is on an island as we have a creek that backs in from the river behind us. We or both on a hill, but they are using a small boat and parking up by us. There is water every where here in Savannah Tn. as the river has been out the banks for a few days. Appears it might have peaked at 395.33 ft, but will take days to recede. Lots of homes,roads and businesses flooded.

02-26-2019, 11:03 AM
I was at Guntersville Lake on Sunday and it's getting quite full too. My dad has lived down there for almost 30 years and never seen it as high as it is on the upper end. The boat houses on the upper end have 1-2' of water above their docks.

02-26-2019, 11:48 AM
Do you think these rivers will have a chance to recover before the major thaws up further north start pushing even more water south?

ET Fish
02-26-2019, 11:52 AM
Selfishly, I want to fish. However, there are so many that have REAL problems associated with the flooding.

M R Dux
02-26-2019, 11:59 AM
Do you think these rivers will have a chance to recover before the major thaws up further north start pushing even more water south?
Our local news is consumed by this and nobody seems to be able to estimate when the rivers will be able to start back down from major flood stage. Any new forecast of rain is going to change everything. I would say those now affected along the Mississippi and its tributaries are going to have misery for weeks to come.

02-26-2019, 02:47 PM
All of Ohio basin and Upper Mississippi is already high and in places lowland flooding due to past rains. Here in Indiana most of our lakes are super high as they aren’t letting out and still holding. We don’t need any more rain.

02-26-2019, 04:25 PM
Cumberland lake is at a record level. They have all of the flood gates open and the turbines pumping as hard as they can. Think they are going to wash the streets of Nashville but hopefully that's all they do. They are not gaining any on the lake either. Cumberland river will be jacked for a while.

02-26-2019, 04:44 PM
A few pics from my yard(it got about 2 ft deeper and covered the road in the first pic.), looking north from the bridge at Savannah Tn. and the Pickwick dam. 3.6 million gallons a second. Doug, sorry but we sending it your way. Being originally from south Louisiana, I can say the Mississippi river will be up until at least June. Ruins a lot of good fishing.

02-26-2019, 05:04 PM
I feel for all those who are having their homes and places of work flooded. I saw a lot of that the years I lived in S. Louisiana.

02-26-2019, 05:18 PM
Prayers for everyone affected by these floods. I want to fish, too, but my wants take the back seat for any wishes the flooded folks have. Hang tight, Brothers!

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02-26-2019, 10:03 PM
My sons in-laws have been out of their house on the Ms for 2 weeks. The house is OK but they have to go in on weekends in my 14' boat.

Cane Pole
02-27-2019, 12:13 PM
Front of our dock yesterday afternoon @ West Sandy Creek, Tn. aka Ky Lake @ near Paris Tn ....Water is about a foot over the walkway.


02-27-2019, 01:07 PM
M R Dux, I spoke with a co-worker in Minneapolis today, he said the snow pack is so high he doesn't have anyplace with shovel the stuff they're going to get in the next couple days. I hate to think what impact that snow melting is going to have on an already bad situation.

02-27-2019, 08:41 PM
The wife spoke to her brother today in Wisconsin, and he has 50” of snow.

02-27-2019, 10:43 PM
Doesn't sound like the water is going to go down until the 4th of July.

02-28-2019, 10:43 AM
As mentioned earlier the Ohio is way up also. It's starting to recede here in the Meldahl pool after cresting Tuesday at a little over 50' I hate to say it but it's looking like a repeat of last year.

02-28-2019, 03:08 PM
I had already been concerned about the snow melt up North. It'll prolly be May or June before it gets down here, and it has always impacted the Mississippi in past years. Hoping that she goes down before then.:pray

M R Dux
02-28-2019, 03:28 PM
Snow melt will affect the MS and Ohio but probably not the Cumberland or TN unless the local lakes are being held high to allow the rivers to recede. Hopefully we are looking at our current situation in the rear-view mirror by then.

02-28-2019, 09:12 PM
Hope you are right about that Doug. Already been a long winter here with everything flooded for the last several weeks.

03-01-2019, 05:46 AM
The snow melt will affect us down here when the MS is above flood stage. All the Big 4 down here are at Zero discharge and as much as 10 ft above Summer pool and still rising! Don't know how high they'll go.

03-01-2019, 08:56 AM
Saw Hardin County Tennessee on news this morning. It is awful. Let's keep those people and all others affected in our prayers

M R Dux
03-01-2019, 02:01 PM
They raised the KyLake forecast another foot today.

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03-01-2019, 02:10 PM
Unfortunately for you guys, we got another monsoon rain yesterday with more rain this morning.

Cane Pole
03-01-2019, 04:07 PM
our dock walkway totally submerged. i gotta go to lake and tie ramp to the floating platform. don't want dock ramp to fall in the water. pretty expensive to have gangplank walkway pulled out of water if it happens to slip off during high water. 368 is my max..... i usually tie off at 367. close to 367 now. easy to tie, justa pain.


03-01-2019, 10:29 PM
Man oh man I feel bad for you guys when this all starts to melt if it ever melts may still have snow on the ground to start next winter.

Up Nort here we are getting more snow again 5 inches yesterday and another 4 tonight OK OK I will be the first to scream UNCLE. We have so much snow here on the farm I am running out of room to move it. The last snow we got 16 inches across the fields is around mid thigh on average. Had to bring cattle and horses behind the shed as I could not even think about getting feed out to them it was a struggle just to get them down. Hearing of roof collapses some barns and sheds going down..


M R Dux
03-03-2019, 02:57 PM
These were taken at the public ramp across from Lakeside campground and @Sportstman’s Marina on Jonathan Creek on KY Lake at 11 today. 332819332820
It was snowing hard at the time.

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03-03-2019, 03:31 PM
Green River Lake isn't fairing any better :

Feb 25th at Site 1 boat ramp :

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Holmes Bend Marina upper parking level :
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old fisherman71
03-14-2019, 11:14 AM
All of Ohio basin and Upper Mississippi is already high and in places lowland flooding due to past rains. Here in Indiana most of our lakes are super high as they aren’t letting out and still holding. We don’t need any more rain.Whether we want it or not, it's all up to the LORD. He will give as much as HE see fit to give.

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old fisherman71
03-14-2019, 11:17 AM
Here in La.we just cope with the situation.

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