Troubled Dams in Tennessee that are Upstream from Nashville
The Dams in Tennessee have been placed for flood control. The Cumberland River is 688 miles long, and a major waterway of the Southern part of the United States. It originates in Harlan County, KY, and runs down into Tennessee – through Nashville and on up to Clarksville. The river actually runs right through downtown Nashville. Riverfront Park is at the end of Broadway and offers numerous concerts and festivals throughout the summer months. It’s where you will find the 4th of July fireworks celebration, which is one of the top displays in the entire United States. Don’t miss it! The Cumberland River then continues on to Paducah, KY, where it meets both the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. There are several dams along this route that have been placed for flood control. In the late 1970’s, Harlan KY experienced severe flooding that destroyed most of the homes and businesses in the flood plain. This led to the building of the Martins Fork Dam – diverting the water around the city of Harlan. There was also a cut made through the mountain at Loyall, KY to disperse some of this water.
Nashville Flood of 2010
In 2010, the Cumberland River overflowed its’ banks and flooded much of downtown Nashville. This has led to a re-drawing of the flood maps for Davidson County. Water levels were threatening Old Hickory Dam and the flooding was the result of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releasing water from the dam. So, it’s not only a failed dam that can cause problems, but also water being released from the dams in times of heavy rainfall to be concerned with.
Troubled Dams in Tennessee
There are a couple of troubled dams on the Cumberland River that could impact Nashville if either of them had problems or failed, and they have both had problems. The Wolf Creek Dam forms Lake Cumberland at Jamestown, KY, and is one of the largest man-made lakes in the Eastern U.S..covering over 50,000 acres. There have been major problems with sinkholes and seepage in the foundation at this dam. In 2007, the dam was placed under a ‘high risk’ for failure. Wolf Creek Dam has had major renovations, but the problems still aren’t all solved. The water level has been lowered to 40’ below normal, and will remain at that level for an indefinite period of time. You can see dry river beds when traveling up through Kentucky, and it’s caused a lot of problems with people that depended on the water for their livelihood. Marinas have been greatly impacted. The cost of this renovation – almost $600 million dollars!!
Another Troubled Dam Upstream from Nashville
Center Hill Dam has also had seepage problems, and is currently undergoing renovation that is expected to be completed in 2019. This work is being done at a cost of $350,000,000. Water levels have also been lowered at this dam until further notice. Both Wolf Creek and Center Hill Dams are upstream from Nashville.
More Dams in Tennessee that are Upstream from Nashville
- Cordell Hull Dam and Lake is located near Carthage, TN. It has almost 400 miles of shoreline.
- Dale Hollow Dam is located in Celina, TN
- Cordell Hull Dam is in Clay, Jackson & Smith Counties of TN
- J. Percy Priest Dam is East of Nashville
- Old Hickory Dam is located northeast of Nashville in Davidson, Sumner and Wilson Counties.
It’s interesting that of all the lakes in the Nashville area, only Old Hickory offers residential living on the lake. The other dams/lakes are recreational only. The Dams in Tennessee are wonderful places to enjoy, with lots of fun and recreation. And living on the lake is a dream come true! The State of Tennessee and the U.S. Corps of Engineers work hard to make sure they are safe for you and your family.
We always check the flood maps when helping you find your new home in Nashville Real Estate. We invite you to contact us to find a beautiful and safe home on the lake. You can reach Pam at 615-428-8500 or Lisa at 615-478-7591. Nashville4Homes.com exists to help you find your way home! We look forward to hearing from you soon!