Pictures of the Powell River at Arthur, Tennessee
The Powell River at Arthur, Tennessee runs through hilly terrain a few miles from Cumberland Gap. This view was taken from the gage, when the river was at flood stage. The cylinder in the right foreground with the "ruler" on the side is an old bridge support. The "ruler" is the staff gage with markings in feet and tenths of a foot, and is designed to be read visually.
The view downstream from the gage. As you can see, the river is bankfull. During moderate flooding, the road to the gage is under water.
About a half mile upstream from the gage, looking upstream. A garden lies under water on the near bank.
View of the Powell Valley upstream of the gage. The only road to this location is under water during moderate flooding.
The view downstream during normal flow.
During the record flood in April 1977, the river entered the second floor of the house in the background. The view is from near the gage.
Ferries were used to cross the Powell River at this point until fairly recently.