LAKE TUSCALOOSA SPILLWAY AT HIGHEST LEVELS RESIDENTS HAVE SEEN

Spillway

<span style=”font-family: Times New Roman, serif; font-size: medium;”>Story by WVUA 23’s Jordan Johnson</span>

<p><span style=”font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;”>With the flash flooding this past couple of days, residents who live near the spillway at Lake Tuscaloosa are getting nervous. One resident said he can hear roaring waters all the way from his home, which is two miles away. </span><span style=”font-family: ‘Times New Roman’, serif; font-size: medium;”> </span></p>

<p><span style=”font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;”>“This is as high as I’ve ever seen it,” said John Ed Belvin, who has lived in Tuscaloosa nearly 50 years. “It looks like the world’s largest washing machine out there.”</span></p>

<p><span style=”font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;”>Residents said even though they’ve never seen it level, it is nerve-wracking. </span></p>

<p><p><span style=”font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;”>“I’ve never seen it get level, but this about as close as I’ve ever seen it,” Belvin said. “This is probably three to four times higher than normal.”</span></p></p><p><p><span style=”font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;”> </span></p></p><p><p><span style=”font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;”>The high water levels have created dangerous white waters with deadly consequences.</span></p></p><p><p><span style=”font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;”> </span></p></p><p><p><span style=”font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;”>“I know several years ago, someone died trying to go down that rapid,” Belvin said. “I don’t know if it was this bad. I hope not, but it is very serious on the other side of the dam here.”</span></p></p><p><p><span style=”font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;”> </span></p></p><p><p><span style=”font-family: Times New Roman,serif; font-size: medium;”>While the water seems to be getting really close to some of the houses, Belvin said that since the dam has been here since the 1960s with no problems, he is hopeful that it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. </span></p></p>

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