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Old 01-24-2007, 04:41 PM
 
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Default Effects of Cumberland Dam Flooding

I read that the Army Corps of Engineers just lowered the water level in the Cumberland Dam in Kentucky because of the danger that the Dam may fail causing flooding in Kentucky and Tennessee, including the Nashville area. How much of the Nashville area will be affected? Obviously, the areas near the Cumberland river will be affected. What would be the flood radius if the Dam fails?

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Old 01-25-2007, 07:37 PM
 
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Default Cumberland Dam

The reason I'm asking this question is that I'm planning to relocate in the near future. When I read this article on the internet I became concerned about the situation and the serious consequences that could happen if in fact the dam failed. Since I'm not familiar with the Nashville area, I thought maybe someone from this forum would be kind enough to help me out. I'm currently looking at Murfreesboro and other towns located south of Nashville. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:41 PM
 
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No part of South Nashville borders the Cumberland river, so you're safe.
Nashville has flooded (pre-dam era) more than a few times and if I'm not mistaken the highest level was less than ten foot and it only affected the lower lying areas. The radius (over flow) would be less than a 1/4 of a mile from the riverbanks
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Old 02-01-2007, 03:06 PM
 
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What do you mean by lower lying area? Are Franklyn, Hermitage, Downtown Nashville, Belle Meade considered?
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:00 PM
 
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Thank you for replying Life is Good. I was afraid I'd scared off folks due to the fact that a lot of people don't want to think about "Bad News". Thanks again.
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Old 02-07-2007, 09:48 AM
 
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Thank you for replying Life is Good. I was afraid I'd scared off folks due to the fact that a lot of people don't want to think about "Bad News". Thanks again.
Haha...I think you're right but if I'm not mistaken there are a few online reports floating around that give more facts than I can.. besides there are a lot of measures that are being taken right now to prevent the dam from giving way.

Re:Are Franklyn, Hermitage, Downtown Nashville, Belle Meade considered?
None except Downtown Nashville could be affected?

Also Leap if you are really concerned about this,a simple fix would be to just get a map and don't move within a 1/4 mile of the river
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Oakland, TN
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Hi Snowman! We're having the same concerns....Here is the Corps of Engineers link Re: flooding due to dam failure in the Nashville area'


http://www.cityofmtjuliet.org/publicnotice/WOLpublicbriefing.pdf (broken link)
http://www.cityofmtjuliet.org/publicnotice/WEMAemergencyplan.pdf (broken link)

We were looking to relocate to Mt. Juliet but now we're not so sure.


Kim
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:47 PM
 
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Lake Cumberland, Wolf Creek Dam has been under constant construction for leaks around the base of the dam off and on since the late 1960's. It is a really lucky thing for Nashville that congress saw fit to allocate a large portion of of repair money in 2008. According to the Army Corps Lake Cumberland is the largest lake East of the Mississippi. In fact it is so large that every man made lake could fit inside and have room left over for some more. If that dam should fail suddenly all debts are off for Nashville. The water would top every dam downstream and it would be a good guess that all the dams downstream would be at least topped if not broken. Do a search on Wolfcreek Dam. It is unlikely that even the corps doesn't know for certain how much damage would be done.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Madison, AL
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Lake Cumberland, Wolf Creek Dam has been under constant construction for leaks around the base of the dam off and on since the late 1960's. It is a really lucky thing for Nashville that congress saw fit to allocate a large portion of of repair money in 2008. According to the Army Corps Lake Cumberland is the largest lake East of the Mississippi. In fact it is so large that every man made lake could fit inside and have room left over for some more. If that dam should fail suddenly all debts are off for Nashville. The water would top every dam downstream and it would be a good guess that all the dams downstream would be at least topped if not broken. Do a search on Wolfcreek Dam. It is unlikely that even the corps doesn't know for certain how much damage would be done.
That's why it is always intense staying in the campground at the base of the dam.
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:33 PM
 
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Collgra, that's a bit of a stretch. Every manmade lake in Kentucky perhaps, but considering the lakes in TN, not remotely possible.

Still, it would be a major disaster if the dam were to fail.
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