FEB. 14 – Another February, another Tennessee River flood in Hardin County.
Though the worst has passed for now, waters will continue to rise in some places, according to the Tennessee Valley Authority.
“Looking forward, we’re expecting another inch or so over the next 3-4 days to fall on the river system, and beyond that looks a little wetter still,” said James Everett, manager of TVA River Forecasting Center Operations Support on Tuesday morning.
As of Tuesday about noon, levels at Savannah reached between 372 and 373 feet above sea level, which exceeded the National Weather Service Flood Stage of 370 feet, and were expected to continue to rise for the next day or so.
The flooding has closed two main Hardin County roads, according to Steve Cromwell, assistant road supervisor of the Hardin County Highway Department.
Coffee Landing Road and the various splinter roads in the river bottom area have closed due to flooding, as has Federal Road in the Shiloh community.
“There are some other back roads here and there in bottoms as well, but those are two main thoroughfares people will be concerned with,” Cromwell said.
He added that Coffee Landing Road will remain closed until river levels lower to 370 feet, and Federal Road will remain closed until levels reach about 371 feet.