With the area offering plenty of opportunities for water recreation, it’s important to stay informed about lake conditions.
Normandy, managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, is about a foot above summer pool level, according Josh Clendenen, public relations consultant for TVA.
“The historic rainfall (in February) set a lot of our reservoirs up for an early start to the summer season,” Clendenen said. “Currently, Normandy is about a foot above summer pool, so as people are preparing to get out as the weather gets warmer, the lake is ready.”
The summer outlook is good, said Clendenen.
“While we’re still managing flows from the February event … we are expecting the summer to be great on TVA managed rivers, lakes and recreational sites across the valley,” he said.
The rainfall in February set records. The rainfall in 2018 saw record numbers as well, according to Clendenen.
“In February, the valley saw 11.6 inches of rain which beat the 1939 record of 10 inches,” Clendenen said. “Some areas saw as much as 14 inches of rain in a two-week period.
“Previously saturated ground contributed to the flooding in some areas, but during that time, TVA used every bit of storage available, storing more than 3.5 trillion gallons in that month alone. River management efforts averted $1.6 billion in damages during the February event.”
In 2018, the Tennessee Valley saw 67 inches of rain, surpassing the 1973 record of 65 inches, according to Clendenen.
Summer fun photos
Taking pictures could enhance the fun experiences during the summer.
“Last year, TVA held a contest on our Instagram page that was very successful, so we’re doing it again,” Clendenen said. “If you’re at a TVA managed waterway, at a campground or hiking the trails, snap a picture, load it to Instagram and use the hashtag #TVAFun, and you’ll be entered to win a GoPro camera. The contest runs Memorial Day through Labor Day, so get out, enjoy the lands and water TVA manages, and enter to win.”
Clendenen encouraged locals to enjoy nature and take advantage of everything TVA has to offer.
“It’s a great time to live in the valley,” Clendenen said. “Get out and enjoy it.”
To check out the latest information on lake elevation and learn the latest TVA news, download the TVA Lake Info App.
Elena Cawley may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.