For the past several weeks, NBC news has brought you reports on various areas which have suffered flood damage in the annual spring washouts.
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Background: For the past several weeks, NBC news has brought you reports on various areas which have suffered flood damage in the annual spring washouts. Today we would like to point out a slightly different aspect of the flood story. It is the tale of the flood which never happened.
It never happened because dams, built by the Tennesee Valley Authority prevented it from happening.
This film was taken this weakened in and around Norris Dam, one of the many in the TVA group; These dams, which are public property constructed with public tax money, are called multiple purpose dams. They are built not solely for the purpose of supplying electric power. The builders also take into consideration the necessity for providing deep channels for navigation, and, of course, the need to hold back dangerous flood waters. But the TVA goes beyond these three primary functions. Profiting from the experience gained in the more than 30 years of TVA's existence, engineers are always available as consultants to communities which have flood problems.
Often a solution can be found by deepening streams or providing reforestation of eroded areas or in constructing levees. And that is the flood story we did not have to tell this spring. Because the flood never happened.