By Nathan Baker
One family was evacuated and a man was rescued from his car as rising floodwaters threatened homes in the Simerly Creek area of Hampton Tuesday night.
Carter County Emergency Management Agency Director Andrew Worley said heavy localized rain dumped up to three inches of water in that area in one hour, swelling small waterways and flooding drains and ditches.
“Basically, we had a lot of water that washed out the drains and ditches and caused the water to come up over the road,” Worley said. “The rescue squad responded and did house checks to let people know they might want to think about leaving.”
One resident did decide to evacuate with her three small children, and the family was taken to safety in a four-wheel-drive rescue vehicle.
Worley said another man was trapped in his vehicle by the rising waters, which at their deepest reached 3 feet deep on Rittertown Road.
One Rittertown Road resident Wednesday morning reported that the still-flooded road looked “like a river running down” in front of her house.
She said her neighbors reported flooded basements and most of the nearby residents were unable to leave their homes.
Worley said fortunately, no one was injured during the night and the rain event was short-lived.
“It could have gotten bad really quick, but the rain stopped and that really helped us out,” he said. “If it had continued to rain heavily like that for another hour, it would have been a different story today.”
Worley said county highway department crews would likely be on Rittertown and Brown’s Branch roads for a couple of days to clear away debris and repair the washed-out ditch lines.