Locals in Roane County reported on Monday, May 4th that there was a large amount of coal ash flowing out of the disaster site and downriver. There were heavy rains from Friday to Sunday and some parts of Roan County received up to 5 inches of rain.
The rain caused a massive flow that picked up debris and sediment from inlets and the bottom of the river and sent it all down stream into the Clinch and Tennessee rivers. On Monday the flow peaked at 70,000 cubic feet per second and the usual flow is between 700 to 1,000 cubic feet per second.
Video of Emory and Clinch rivers the day after the massive rain event.
Tuesday, May 6th Roane County TN
Pictures from the day after the rain event