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Wolf Creek Dam to step up releases to historic levels

Posted at 6:37 AM, Feb 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-24 16:47:41-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to step up releases at Wolf Creek Dam in Kentucky to historic levels.

Water managers said Wolf Creek Dam is currently discharging water at a rate of 36,200 cubic feet per second, but planned to increase to 45,000 cfs at noon on Saturday, and 60,000 cfs on Sunday. The largest amount of water ever released from the dam is 40,000 cfs in 1974.

Officials said this will increase water levels on the Cumberland River, with much of those increases happening Sunday.

Wilson County Emergency Management sent out an alert to residents that the Cumberland River and Old Hickory Lake could rise as much as five feet. They warned people who live on the lake to take precautions if an additional five feet of water could flood your home.

Jackson County emergency officials went door-to-door to check on people who live in the county's most flood-prone neighborhoods. Jackson County officials said in a Facebook post, "the peak of the flood will be approximately 9:00 pm on Sunday February 24th."