Posted by RWJ on January 29, 2002 at 22:20:14:
In Reply to: Can anyone explain??? posted by LJ on January 27, 2002 at 23:36:29:
Kerry is right on track. Another factor in the equation but probably not effecting this event is that TVA has no flood easement above the 507 foot contour line on Wilson lake. Every wonder why lake owners on Wilson can build a dock that doesn't float. Some owners even build their houses right down to the 507 contour line. In fact, a Wilson lake property owner owns the land beneath the water to the center of the stream bed subject to TVA's flood easement.
TVA for whatever reason in the 1930s only obtained a flood easement when they condemned property along the area we now know as Wilson lake. Why? Well, a guess might be that it was cheaper to buy/condemn flood easements on a smaller lake that could be controlled better and spend the big bucks on buying "fee simple" onwership on Pickwick and Wheeler lakes properties where there is less control and more acres subject to flooding and thus more damage and liabilty if TVA made a mistake in controlling the river level. The end result is that Wilson lake serves as a bottleneck on the river causing TVA to flood both up and down stream of Wilson lake. "Big wigs" don't have anything to do with it at least the ones that live there now.
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