UPDATE:TVA hopes for more rain

CHATTANOOGA – Tennessee Valley Authority officials hope to see more rainfall like the valley experienced last week.

Utility spokesman Gil Francis said the valley has received only about 65 percent of average rainfall so far in 2009.

Average rainfall across the valley last week was nearly 3.25 inches.

The reservoirs should be at their summer level by June 1, so rainfall in the next two months will determine that.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press quoted Francis saying the deficit is more apparent at tributary reservoirs — such as Douglas, Cherokee, Norris and Fontana — where the winter levels are usually lowered more than 20 feet.

A wet December helped dry conditions that extend back four years, but the National Weather Service says the region has slipped back into an abnormally dry situation.

The Associated Press