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Water released from Wilbur dam to help with Watauga Lake levels

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is taking steps to lower Watauga Lake, after it reached record levels earlier this week.

At Wilbur Dam, the TVA opened the spill ways to alleviate some of the high water in Watauga Lake.

Wilbur sits just below Watauga Dam, and is a buffer for water entering the Watauga River.

Those who live nearby told us they have never seen the lake this high and the spill ways opened for so long.

According to Kendall Lewis, "When I was a child, two or three times I've seen the sluice or what I call the floodgates open. This year they have run them quite a bit. Now they have no choice. I know they have done a lot of work on them and I praise them for the job their doing."

The TVA can only allow so much water to run into the river from the lake, because Watauga River runs through Elizabethton.

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