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Nearly $1 Billion in Rainfall Damage Averted in February

TVA's skillful management of the Tennessee River system helped avert major damage to the Valley's towns and cities during the rainy February we just had.

FEBRUARY 28, 2020 — Major cities and small towns across the Tennessee Valley were spared from nearly $1 billion of potential wide-spread damage this February, thanks to TVA’s unique dams and river management system.

Nearly $1 billion in damages were averted at communities of all sizes along the river system after record-breaking February rainfall. Some areas are still recovering, but the flooding would have been much worse without TVA.

"For the last two years, February has been one of the more challenging months for managing rainfall and runoff across the Tennessee River system,” said James Everett, senior manager for TVA’s River Forecast Center. “This is the second year in a row that TVA river management efforts have averted close to $1 billion or more in damages in February. The $1.6 billion in damages averted for the month in 2019 bumped the annual average from $260 million to $280 million, and that average annual amount will grow again with another consecutive year of impressive damages averted totals.”