Dam made by beavers could flood Hendersonville businesses

Posted at 4:32 PM, Mar 12, 2019

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — We've been seeing a lot of rain over the last few weeks, rain that's been pouring into our creeks, rivers and lakes. In Hendersonville, Anderson Lake is no exception.

"I came out Monday and saw the flooding," said William Henry, " I knew it was a problem."

William Henry's grandmother lives right across the street from the lake. He's been trying to take matters into his own hands. The concern is with the water constantly rising and having these dams, the lake will flood nearby businesses. The lake overlooks several businesses and a busy section of Gallatin Road.

The lake is privately owned by Larry Gupton and Troy Davis. That means the city of Hendersonville and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency cannot do anything without the owners permission.

We spoke with the owner's realtor, Marlon Campbell, who gave us a comment on his clients behalf. He says they weren't made aware of the issue until this morning and are open to working with TWRA. Campbell adds they plan to sell the property to a developer and do have a permit to drain the lake but as to when that will happen is unclear. Residents say they hope sooner rather than later for the safety of the community.

"You better fix the problem before it comes a bigger problem," said Henry.

TWRA is aware of the issue and is willing to work with the owners as well to trap the beavers.