After heavy rains left flooding in many parts of the state last week, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency is warning boaters to stay away from dams. The TWRA said turbulence created by generators and spillways are making the areas above and below the dam very dangerous for boaters while the flood gates are open.
Mid-last week, two men from Chester County, Tennessee died when their boat passed through Pickwick Reservoir Dam near Savannah, Tennessee into the turbulence of the dam’s tailwater side.
Heavy rains can create strong current above a dam, according to TWRA. Officials said the strength of this current is increased when the Tennessee Valley Authority or U.S. Corp of Engineers empty (“pull”) the excess water accumulating in the lake.
TWRA said it’s best for now to fish from the shore.