TVA: Boone Lake levels lowered ahead of possible heavy rains

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Tennessee Valley Authority officials said they would be lowering Boone Lake levels Friday ahead of potentially heavy rains from Hurricane Joaquin.

According to a Boone Dam Weekly Update, TVA river management engineers will lower Boone to around 1350 feet.

“If the forecast rainfall does occur, the lake could rise while engineers safely release the water down the South Holston river through a combination of the Boone generating turbines and sluice gates,” according to the release. “The current lowered Boone lake levels were established to allow the dam to safely manage these types of heavy rain events.”

Engineers on the Boone Project will continue to monitor the earthen embankment’s stability.

According to the release, property and boat owners on Boone should be aware of the rapidly changing lake levels this weekend and should take precautions.Copyright 2015 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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