TVA Installs Warning Systems at Douglas and Cherokee Dams
August 20, 2009
TVA has installed new safety warning systems at Douglas Dam Hydroelectric Plant near Sevierville and Cherokee Dam Hydroelectric Plant in Rutledge to help improve public safety during water releases from the dams.
The Douglas and Cherokee warning systems, scheduled to begin operating on Monday, Aug. 24, include signs, warning horns and strobe lights that advise the public of water discharges through the dams and of rapidly rising water downstream from the dams.
“The horns and strobe lights will automatically be activated prior to water level changes as a safety alert to the public,” said TVA Senior Vice President of River Operations Janet Herrin. “When the horns and strobe lights come on, boaters and the public should quickly move to safe areas.”
Before TVA begins generating power and releasing water from the dams, the horns and strobe lights mounted near the downstream discharge areas will be activated.
TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financing. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 9 million consumers in seven southeastern states. TVA also creates economic development opportunities and manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood damage reduction, navigation, water quality and recreation.
Jim Allen, Knoxville, (865) 632-7453
TVA News Bureau, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000