Schools closing one hour early

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Bedford County Schools will close one hour early today, Wednesday, due to severe weather, School Superintendent Don Embry announced just before noon. School-Age Care Program (SACP) will remain open.

A flood watch has been called for this evening.

Meanwhile, boaters are being advised to avoid areas above and below Normandy and Tims Ford dams as Tennessee Valley Authority manages water releases to avoid potential flooding.

Higher-than-usual lake levels can create hazards, such as debris in the water, said TVA spokesman Scott Brooks on Wednesday. He said TVA is managing water releases out of both dams this week to help minimize flood impacts downstream from them.

“With more rainfall expected, water levels on Tims Ford and Normandy reservoirs will rise above summer pool elevations by this weekend,” wrote Brooks in an email Wednesday morning.

Lake levels can be monitored at

The National Weather Serivce has current and projected levels for the Duck River near Shelbyville at, and current levels for Wartrace Creek at

Brooks said rainfall across the Tennessee Valley was 200 percent of normal for the month of February.

“Essentially, we’ve had double the amount of rainfall this month than we normally see in February across our service area,” he said.