Maryville, Alcoa Temporarily Lift Water Restrictions

MARYVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Finally, after weeks and weeks of little to no rain, East Tennessee got a good soaking.

And the runoff from that good soaking has raised the level of the Little River in Maryville and Alcoa by almost a foot.

Great news for residents of both cities.

The cities of Maryville and Alcoa have temporarily lifted all water restrictions through at least the weekend.

Right now the Little River is flowing at 140 cubic feet per second.

Yesterday morning it was flowing at 32 cfs.

City of Maryville spokesperson Pam Arnett says they'll have to wait and watch the levels of the river to see if it holds.

Another check of the river will be done on Monday.

"Alcoa and Maryville water customers are asked to continue to be vigilant with their water usage even though the restrictions have been temporarily lifted," Arnett said in a news release. "Both cities will update their customers on the status of their water levels in a joint release early next week through local media."

Construction of a temporary water line that will bring water from above the Rockford Dam to the Alcoa water treatment plant will continue.

That line should bring permanent relief to the water system.

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