Corps of Engineers halts downstream barge traffic on ‘screaming’ Tennessee River

Dec. 29– Fast moving water due to severe rains caused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to halt downstream barge traffic at Pickwick Lock and other locks on the Tennessee River.

The Tennessee River “is screaming right now,” said a dispatcher with Ingram Barge Company of Nashville, which reports halting all its traffic in either direction.

“All of the waterways we navigate are moving really fast right now because of the volume of water they’re trying to move through – I’ve never seen it this bad, system-wide.”

TVA flow rates at Pickwick Dam were at 295,000 cubic feet per second, meaning at 7.48 gallons of water per cubic foot, over 2.2 million gallons of water were moving through Pickwick Dam every second on Tuesday.

The flow rate is predicted to peak tomorrow at 305,000 cubic feet, or nearly 2.3 million gallons per second.

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