Tennessee River: Waterway Reaches Flood Stage After Heavy Rains in Northern Alabama

Tennessee River: Waterway Reaches Flood Stage After Heavy Rains in Northern Alabama


SAVANNAH — Floodwaters continue to rise near Savannah, where many residents drove to the Tennessee River to take photos Monday.

Melvin Martin, Emergency Management Agency director for Hardin County, said the floodwaters are expected to crest Wednesday or Thursday at 383 feet above sea level.

The expected level would be slightly less than the 388 feet that marks a major flood stage.

In the area, river bottoms and some back roads are closed, and dozens of weekend or vacation homes are closed off by water.

Nathan and Georgie Ann Vaughn drove to the river Monday to take photos. They live about three miles from the river.

“I don’t ever remember it doing this in December,” Georgie Ann said. “It hasn’t been a normal Christmas.”

The Vaughns said the flooding did not have much effect on most area residents. If it had occurred in the summer, more campers would have been forced to leave the area, they said.

The couple said they drove to the Pickwick Dam on Sunday and that the water was very violent.

“It’ll be over this park, it’ll be up over that bank,” Nathan said, gesturing around the Wayne Jerrolds River Park, where several roads were closed due to flooding. “It’ll all be like a big lake out there.”

Martin said Monday afternoon that no rescues or evacuations have been necessary in the area.

Several roads around the river are closed including Coffee Landing Road and Federal Road near Shiloh National Military Park. Some roads will be closed for more than a week, Martin said.

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