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Update: Area under flood watch until 8 p.m., Red Cross surveying damage

August 6th, 2012 10:54 am by Staff reports

Update: Area under flood watch until 8 p.m., Red Cross surveying damage

Flooding was worst in Washington County from the storm system that drenched the region Sunday evening, according to the county mayor.
Some of the worst hit areas of Washington County included sections of Dry Creek and Cherokee roads and the community of Lamar.
Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge said property damage is being assessed.
The home in the photo accompanying this story belongs to Doug Wilson, who lives on Dry Creek. Wilson said he rode in his house at least 30 yards to the road after the water lifted the house off its foundation.
People in the Dry Creek area said this was the worst flooding in nearly 40 years.'
Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) released a statement saying disaster assistance for the county is in the works.
“In the wake of the severe storms and flooding, the people of Washington County have been heavily impacted," Hill said in the release. "I have been in contact with both Governor Haslam’s office and local officials. We are all working together to ask for a request for state disaster assistance. As soon as there is more to report, I will be in contact with my constituents to offer my assistance in any way I can.”
Several shelters for flood victims opened Sunday night.
The American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee closed the shelter at Unicoi Elementary School early Monday afternoon. The shelter at Lamar School at 3261 Hwy 81 South, in Jonesborough, will remain open at this time.
Glenda Bobalik, CEO of the regional Red Cross agency, said, “Red Cross personnel are in the affected areas assessing damage and meeting with those affected to determine their needs. Teams will be surveying the areas to see what homes are damaged.”
Bobalik requested anyone with flood damage to the living area of their home to contact the Red Cross at 423-370-8700. She advised area residents to visit the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee Facebook page for the latest Red Cross advisories and updates on response to the flooding.
The National Weather Service is forecasting more rain today, mainly before 2 p.m. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent. The entire region is under a flood watch until 8 this evening.
Keep checking JohnsonCityPress.com for more information on the devastating flooding.

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