TVA watching levels at South Holston

POSTED: 6:34 PM May 12 2013   UPDATED: 2:57 PM May 12 2013
SOUTH HOLSTON
SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

We've certainly had a lot of rain lately, which means lake levels are above average.

Officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority are trying to control flooding.

News 5 stopped by South Holston Lake where TVA officials tell us while this lake didn't get as much rain as Watauga, levels are one foot above normal.

To prevent flooding they're releasing a million gallons of water per minute, generating electricity in the process. "We're doing that in a controlled fashion for the recreation people to come fish at the same time [while we] move water out of South Holston and recover that space," said Chuck Bach, General Manager for River Scheduling at TVA.

TVA officials say by generating this amount of electricity from the excess water, power rates could be much lower by mid-summer.