NR 13-014: Nashville District managing Cumberland after April 27 rain event

Published April 28, 2013

NASHVILLE, TENN. (April 28, 2013) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Water Management staff is responding to the effects of heavy rainfall in areas of the lower Cumberland River Basin and managing the release of water from dams throughout the Cumberland Basin. 

The Nashville District’s goal during high water events is to reduce downstream impacts to people and property as much as possible while safely maintaining the dam facilities and structures.  Water managers work closely with operators at the dams (who are on duty seven days a week) to keep abreast of conditions and make operational changes as necessary.  Those changes are communicated to the National Weather Service to assist them in the preparation of river forecasts.  For more weather and flood forecast info go to

Corps water managers have been closely tracking river conditions and have made numerous changes to the release schedules at dams in the middle Tennessee area over the past 24 hours.

Corps officials have been in communication with their federal, state and local partners. High flows from Cheatham Dam resulted in the closure of the Lock to commercial navigation.  Cheatham Lock will be closed for the next few days.  Heavy runoff from uncontrolled tributary streams in the Nashville area, including the Harpeth River, is largely responsible for the high flows at Cheatham.  Dam operators are closely monitoring river conditions and adjusting operations as necessary. 

Continued high flows are expected at Cheatham over the next several days with additional rainfall in the NWS forecast.  The Barkley pool continues to rise in response to inflows and is being managed to reduce any impacts at locations such as Clarksville, Dover, and Cumberland City.

Releases from Old Hickory and J. Percy Priest dams are being managed together to reduce the downstream impacts. 

For current conditions of the Cumberland River Basin projects go to the Nashville District web site at  As necessary, news and information regarding water management and flood operations will be made available on the district’s website at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at For more information about the Memphis District, go to For more information about the Louisville District, go to
Bill Peoples
Lee Roberts

Release no. 13-014