January 16th , 2013 9:23 am Leave a comment

Persistent rain saturates area

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Photo by Brandon Hicks
Highway worker Dean Burchett uses an excavator to redirect floodwater from Stoney Creek away from Creekbank Road Tuesday.

Steady rain continued to douse Carter and Johnson counties Tuesday, covering roads and threatening homes with fast-moving water.

By Tuesday afternoon, the area had seen nearly 3 inches of rainfall and the National Weather Service upgraded the flood watch covering the county to a flood warning.

Because of the flooding and ice storm on the western side of the state, both caused by the same slow-moving weather system, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Declared a state of emergency for the entire state.

As the creeks rose, county emergency personnel and road crews were dispatched to multiple reports of high water.

Alf Taylor Road, in the Milligan Area, was shut down by county workers when Buffalo Creek swelled, and eventually covered, a bridge.

Areas along Gap Creek Road and in Stoney Creek were also affected by rising torrents.

In Johnson County, Emergency Management Agency Director Jason Blevins said several roadways, including state roads and secondary roadways, were underwater.

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