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Heavy rain causes standing water on local roads, flooding in Unicoi, Washington Counties

July 3rd, 2013 9:45 pm by Jennifer Sprouse

Heavy rain causes standing water on local roads, flooding in Unicoi, Washington Counties

Flooding in Sunny Slopes. (Submitted by Tom McCormack)



While rainy weather was expected in the region for the entire week, there wasn’t much of a pause in Wednesday’s downpour, which caused flooding and road closures throughout Johnson City and Washington County.


On Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Morristown issued a flood watch for the area from 8 p.m. Wednesday through 8 p.m. Friday. A flood advisory was also in effect until 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.


Throughout the afternoon and evening Wednesday, flooding and standing water was reported over emergency radio communications throughout Unicoi County, Washington County and Johnson City, including Cherokee Road, Brandonwood Drive, Fairridge Road, State of Franklin Road and the intersection of East Main Street and South Broadway Street.


Between 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, a house on Tittle Circle off Tenn. Highway 107 in Washington County was reportedly submerged by standing water and a post on the Johnson City Press Facebook page indicated there was flooding and power outages in the Sunny Slopes subdivision off West Walnut Street.


According to emergency radio communications, South Greenwood Drive and Miller Crossing in southwest Johnson City was under water and impassable to vehicles, as well as West Watauga Avenue and West State of Franklin Road being blocked off near University Edge apartments due to flooding.


The affects of the heavy rain continued into the evening, as Washington County/Johnson City dispatchers said around 7 that several city and county roads were covered with water, and officers and emergency management agencies were monitoring the flood-prone areas, including Camp Creek in Greene County and areas around the Nolichucky River.


Traffic accidents were also reported throughout the day in both the city and county because of the rain, according to dispatchers.


Fish Hatchery Road in Erwin was also reportedly under water and the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office said while it had no reports of high water, there was a tree down in the 5,000 block of Unicoi because of the rain.


Greene County also reportedly had a tree down on Iron Bridge Road, but no reports of flooding or standing water.


A Johnson City Power Board representative said there had been no reports of large outages throughout the service area, but said it was possible there may have been a couple of isolated outages during the day Wednesday.


Following what has already been a wet week, showers and thunderstorms are expected today with an 80 percent chance of rain during the day, and a 60 percent chance of rain tonight.


Friday, showers and thunderstorms are expected, with the high near 81 degrees and the low around 65 degrees. The chance of rain Friday is 60 percent during the day and drops to 50 percent that night.


Scattered thunderstorms are forecast on Saturday, with a chance of rain of 50 percent. Saturday’s high is expected around 83 degrees, with the low around 67 degrees.


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