TVA Authorities Watching River Levels in Alabama

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities in north Alabama are watching
river levels as the Tennessee River reaches flood stage after weekend storms drenched the area with rainfall.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is moving 1 million gallons of water through the agency's dam system every second to limit any flood damage.

TVA spokesman Gil Frances said Monday that officials are also
preparing for when the Mississippi River crests next week because
of heavy rainfall. Through tributaries, waters of the Mississippi
connect with the Tennessee River watershed.

Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency Director George
Grabryan said some local roads closed temporarily following more than 2 inches of weekend rainfall.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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