Rain in forecast won’t affect flood damaged areas

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 3:18am

A week of rainy forecasts may make drying out soggy belongings difficult, but it shouldn’t pose any additional flooding risks for residents already busy cleaning up from record-breaking flooding.

The National Weather Service predicts showers and thunderstorms — ranging from 20-30 percent chances — through Thursday with chances climbing to near 50 percent for the weekend. But those storms should bring less than an inch of daily rainfall to most of Middle Tennessee with a few areas receiving slightly heavier rainfall.

At a Monday afternoon news conference, Metro Water Services Director Scott Potter said the rainy forecast is not expected to affect the department’s recovery plans.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the current NWS forecast has very little rainfall predicted for the Cumberland Basin over the next five days, which will allow time for water managers to bring lake levels down to normal levels.

Corps water managers note that water levels in most Cumberland Basin projects are continuing to fall. Now that downstream conditions have improved, additional increases from Dale Hollow Dam and J. Percy Priest Dam have been made to recover storage capacity in the system. Lake Cumberland and Center Hill Lake both continue to fall, and Cordell Hull, Old Hickory, and Cheatham lakes have returned to their normal operating range.