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OMERSET, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2019) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is temporarily closing Lake Cumberland’s Waitsboro Recreation Area for public safety.
Lake Cumberland Park Ranger Judy Daulton said the parking lot and boat ramp are mostly submerged and the boat ramp’s lanes are not visible, making it unsafe to keep the recreation area open until the water recedes. 
“Under the current circumstances, we just don’t want anyone to get hurt,” Daulton said. “This is why we are closing the recreation area until the situation improves.”
Water managers at the Nashville District headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., said the lake elevation as of noon today is 735.4 feet, which is 32 feet higher than the historical median for mid-February.  Wolf Creek Dam is discharging water at a rate of 30,000 cubic feet per second but more rainfall is in the forecast for this weekend into next week. This could potentially make the lake rise even higher.
Wolf Creek Dam provides flood control benefits for communities downstream. The water management plan designates Celina, Tenn., as the downstream control point. The flow at Celina, which is made up of discharges from Wolf Creek Dam and Dale Hollow Dam as well as the 583 square miles of uncontrolled watershed below the dams, is maintained at or below 40,000 cfs.
“The project is operated to provide flood control benefits for downstream,” said Robert Dillingham, hydraulic engineer in the Water Management Section. “We will continue releasing as much water as downstream conditions allow in an effort to regain storage in the reservoir and lower the elevation as quickly as possible.” 


Lake Cumberland hasn't exceeded elevation 740 since it crested at 742.4 in April 1998.  The pool of record is 751.69 set in May 1984.

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736.25 feet and rising despite 30,000 cfs outflow

Rising Water Level At Lake Cumberland Worries Residents

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– With so much rain this winter, Lake Cumberland is reaching stunning levels.

Some people who live in Burnside tell LEX 18 they haven’t seen the water this high since 1984.

One couple says they were speechless when they came to the General Burnside Island boat ramp.

They say they were at the boat ramp two weeks ago and the water was past the poles.

At the time, they thought it was interesting, but now they say the water level has gotten worrisome.

“It seems like it rains every other day, and then when it does rain, it’s an inch, inch and a half, two inches of rain,” said Brad and Kara Naugle. “As big as this lake is, it’s 1,200 mile shoreline, and it comes up this high, it’s ridiculous.”

Residents say they worry even more about the water level, when they consider that rainy season usually doesn’t kick in until April.

https://lex18.com/news/covering-kentucky/2019/02/14/rising-water-level-at-lake-cumberland-worries-residents/

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2 minutes ago, Holston_River_Rambler said:

Cumberland River looks healthy this evening. Probably could do without the extra rain:

But by the debris it has been higher recently. 

Wolf Creek Dam increasing releases to drawdown Lake Cumberland

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 15, 2019)– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District plans to increase releases at Wolf Creek Dam in Jamestown, Ky., as soon as conditions allow in an effort to drawdown the water level at Lake Cumberland.

Water managers at the Nashville District headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., said Wolf Creek Dam is currently discharging water at a rate of 28,000 cubic feet per second, but plan to increase to 35,000 cfs as soon as conditions allow. 

In preparation for the increase, Corps of Engineers officials are working with local officials to install a “Hesco” temporary flood wall on River View Road just downstream of the dam where water backs up from the Cumberland River into Little Indian Creek and inundates this remote country road. .....

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The dam is a critical component to the Corps' ability to mitigate flooding in the Cumberland River Basin.  With the possibility of significant rainfall next week and the availability of 65 percent of the flood control pool in the reservoir, the Corps could revisit the decision to increase discharges from the dam and the discharge plan could change.  However, as downstream conditions allow, it remains a priority to release as much water as possible from Wolf Creek.

Wolf Creek Dam last discharged water at a rate of 35,000 cfs in March and April of 1997.  The flow of record from Wolf Creek Dam is 40,000 cfs in January 1974.  River View Road had not been developed at that time.

 

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/310958/wolf-creek-dam-increasing-releases-drawdown-lake-cumberland

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I must have ended up just barely on the wrong side of the fence. At Cumberland Falls and rain all night until something like 42 sleet pellets or some sort of frozen precip. at the very end. Gonna drive north a bit to see where the frozen line was. 

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Frustratingly I awake to a grey sky. On the ground I see a little melting snow on the ground. I've almost entirely missed it. Radar indicates it did in fact snow for a time but I have no way of knowing how much.

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.65 inches at BNA the past 24 hours

monthly total 6.83

here is a tweet from NWS BNA a year ago today

So far this month, #Nashville has measured 7.59" of rain, making this the 17th wettest February on record (as of today). The wettest February ever for #Nashville was in 1880 when a whopping 12.37" of rain fell #tnwx 2:47 PM - 17 Feb 2018

so 5.55 inches to break , looks reachable

 

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I just recently heard some thunder so that's a first for the year.:lightning:               

As for the snow yesterday I guess I'll pin it at 0.2 from a close friends guesstimate looking at his backyard...:rolleyes:

 

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Went to Knoxville for basketball. It was snowing heavily as I drove down to get on the interstate. Basically raining huge splatters of slush as I got towards Rocky Top. Switched to rain as I crossed into Anderson County.  

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Not made it back home yet, but someone said there had been thundersnow/mix going on in the last 15 minutes. Crossville is reporting "precipitation" with lightning as well at 35 degrees. 

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We just had a big clap of thunder near the Karns area in Knoxville. It has just been a steady rain for the past few hours.

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Already over .60” and the radar is scary coming up the valley. Poring now with some convection

 

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Rain, rain, more rain.  We did see some sleet around 7:00 PM last night.  Temps were in the low 40s.  That lasted for about 10-15 minutes.  Streams are high...very similar to the last event where urban streams flooded.  TVA has done a heckuva great job moving water and controlling river levels.  I bet somebody is sleeping on a cot working this event.  

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40+ MPH gusts yesterday in the wake of our weekend system appears to have caused a bit of damage to my roof. 

More from IMBY: 9.37" February total, ALL of which has fallen in the past 17 days. I doubt the rain arrives soon enough to push me over a 10" monthly total by Thursday, but we shall see.

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i see radar lighting up big time in east texas and it is only 30 here in walker county bama......also a tiny bit of snow in the air west of me in mississippi

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