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Dams running at constant pace to relieve NE AL lakes

Boaters are reminded to continue avoiding dam areas. Boaters are reminded to continue avoiding dam areas.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeing some of the highest water levels of all time. One dam in Tennessee has set two records so far this year.

TVA officials said that during the summer, all of their lakes are already at their highest levels, and our recent heavy rainfall has only added more into an already full body of water.

At Guntersville Dam, nearly a million gallons per second are flowing through its gates and through its turbines, while producing electricity. The good news is that water levels have begun their decline since cresting in the last couple of days.

TVA spokesman Travis Brickey said they began preparing last week by spilling water at all the dams in the system in advance of the coming rains. He said cresting is now taking place downstream at Pickwick Dam.

Brickey reminds boaters to stay away from the dams as they continue spilling, due to the extreme dangers they present, until water levels are normalized.

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