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Water levels reach record high at River Park

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

Water levels reached record highs at RiverPark after six days of non-stop rain.

Caution signs, park benches and the playground area were barely visible. Tony Reavley with Hamilton County EMS said some of the areas within River Park reached around 12 inches.

"Here at the River Park this is probably the highest I've seen it in my 20 years," says Reavley.

Emergency crews were called to remove parked vehicles that began to drift, along with two boat ramps that needed heavy anchors to keep the current from pulling them away.

TVA officials are closely monitoring the river levels. Engineers released water through the turbines and spill blades connected to the Chickamauga Dam Monday afternoon. They believe this will reduce flooding within the next few days near the River Park.

"We were about 15 feet above normal at what we call flood stage. Around Chattanooga we are trying to maintain that level and not let it go up," Chuck Bach said.

Park rangers will check the walking trails first thing Tuesday morning and determine if the area is safe enough for the public to enter.

The area has seen 45 inches of rain so far in 2013. All we need is another nine inches to reach the average for an entire year.

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