‘Sluicing’ at Cherokee, Douglas

TVA officials are moving additional water downstream from Cherokee (above) and Douglas Dams this week in anticipation of more significant rainfall in the Valley. “Sluicegates” below both dams have been opened, a process that sounds like a jet turbine and causes churning white water at the base of the dams. At Cherokee, the dam was moving more than 13,000 cubic feet of water per second. Douglas was moving more than 19,000 cubic feet of water per second. Only a week old, the month of January has already seen 2.54 inches of rain in Dandridge — and several more inches are expected late this week. – STEVE MARION | THE STANDARD BANNER

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