TVA says no flooding issues

The Tennessee Valley Authority said the Shawnee and Allen coal-fired power plants, located on or near the Mississippi River in Tennessee, did not have flooding as expected and there is no damage reported at either plant May 10.

The Mississippi River crested at 47.85 feet in Memphis, the highest level in 70 years.

Barbra Martocci, spokesperson with TVA, said both plants had taken precautionary measures against the flooding and Shawnee had round-the-clock surveillance because of earlier flooding.

“We had people available, along with sandbags and inflatable coffer dams,” Martocci said.

TVA also said there have been delays in coal deliveries to Shawnee because the tracks used by empty rail cars are under water.

At the Allen plant, there has not been any flooding of the plant and it is not inundated, Martocci said. The area outside of the plant, however, is flooded.

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