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New warning systems at Fort Patrick Henry, Guntersville, Melton Hill, South Holston, and Wilbur

TVA has installed new warning systems to help improve public safety during water releases from five dams: Fort Patrick Henry, Guntersville, Melton Hill, South Holston, and Wilbur.

The warning systems include signs, warning horns, and strobe lights that warn the public of water discharges through the dam and of rapidly rising water downstream from the dam.

warning sign

“The horns and strobe lights will be activated automatically prior to water level changes as a safety warning to the public,” said TVA Senior Vice President of River Operations Janet Herrin. “When the horns and strobe lights are activated, boaters and the public should quickly move to safe areas.”

Fort Patrick Henry

Warning horns and strobe lights mounted near the downstream discharge area will be activated before TVA begins generating power and releasing water from the dam. Strobe lights and warning horns will be activated before spilling occurs. The strobe lights will remain activated until the gates are closed.

Guntersville

Warning horns and strobe lights mounted near the downstream discharge area will be activated before TVA begins generating power and releasing water from the dam. Strobe lights, warning horns, and electronic message boards on both sides of the dam will be activated before spilling occurs. The message boards and strobe lights will remain activated until the gates are closed.

Melton Hill

Warning horns and strobe lights mounted near the downstream discharge area will be activated before TVA begins generating power and releasing water from the dam.

South Holston

Warning horns and strobe lights mounted near the downstream discharge area will be activated before TVA begins generating power and releasing water from the dam.

Wilbur

Warning horns and strobe lights mounted near the downstream discharge area will be activated before TVA begins releasing water from the spillway. The strobe lights will remain activated until the gates are closed.

TVA also has installed safety warning systems at Norris, Apalachia, Ocoee No. 3, Fort Loudoun, Watts Bar, Nickajack, Chickamauga, Wheeler, Wilson, Pickwick, Kentucky, Tims Ford, and Great Falls dams. Warning systems at Douglas, Cherokee, Ocoee No. 1, and Watauga are scheduled for completion in 2009. Systems at Boone, Blue Ridge, Chatuge, and Nottely are planned for 2010.

 

 

           
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