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Floods cause little damage in south end of county

May 6th, 2013 11:54 am by Kayla Carter

Floods cause little damage in south end of county

The Nolichucky River spilled over onto roads and farmlands that lie along its banks in southern Washington County on Monday morning.
Emergency Management Director Nes Levotch said the rain flooded pastures and roads near Tenn. Highway 107.
“The Nolichucky River has crested and is going down at this time,” he said at about 2:30 p.m. Monday.
“We had some flooding of fields. We had some things like yard barns being washed off their foundations, but no residents have been affected at this time.”
Susan Whitson, who lives along Highway 81 in Washington County, said a large piece of equipment almost drifted off her property.
“We had an enclosed car trailer that almost floated down the river,” Whitson said. “It got caught up in a tree and that kept it from floating down the river.”
Joey and Susan Murdock, who live on Bill Lockner Road in Bumpus Cove, were able to spend a nice day at home with family Monday after high water prohibited them from leaving home.
Joey said he arrived after leaving work early just as the water had reached the pavement on Little Germany Road, which is the main access road to his house.
“I’ve lived up here my whole life,” Susan said. “You’re either in or you’re out, and I’d rather be in than out.”
Susan notified Joey of high water near their home and he came home from work at about 10 a.m.
“I didn’t want to be out,” Joey said. “It didn’t get bad, but I’ve seen it worse. When it gets really high, there are about three places on that road you don’t want to go through.”
Although the Murdocks agree that it could have been worse, Susan said it’s always best to stay put.
“We just stayed in,” Susan said. “We don’t go through the water if it’s on that road. You don’t know if the pavement is going to be under there or not.”
Rain in the south end of the county is not necessary for the road to become impassable, Joey said.
“It doesn’t have to rain here for the water to get up,” he said.
Little Germany Road, A.J. Willis Road and Carson Creek Road had all been closed and Jackson Bridge Road had the potential to close.
David Gaffin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morristown, said the Nolichucky River reached 10.9 feet late Monday morning. The flood stage is 12 feet.
“We’re showing that it has crested,” Gaffin said. “The rain is coming from an easterly direction from a low-pressure system centered around Chattanooga. Because of that, North Carolina has received heavy rains. That caused the river, which begins in North Carolina, to rise.”
The flooding, which receded around 4 p.m., could rise again if more rain falls in the region or North Carolina, Levotch said.
“If we don’t get additional rain in North Carolina, we should be pretty good,” he said. “This is a typical place that usually floods.”
Gary B. Gray contributed to this report.

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