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Flash flooding a problem in the Tri-Cities again

By Meredith Machen, mmachen@wcyb.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:04:21 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 13 2013 11:15:31 AM CDT
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Flooding in the Bethel Road area of Blountville on August 13. Meredith Machen

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. -

Pounding rain left a familiar sight in our region -- flash flooding. This time Blountville took the brunt of the storm.

Flood waters rushed in quickly, but they generally don't take long to recede.

However, it certainly creates a lot of headaches for those watching the water rise all around them.

There were streams rushing over roadways and pools of water settling in backyards after two inches of rain dumped over Sullivan County in just over an hour.

Jim Bean, Sullivan County EMA Director tells us, "The biggest issue was a lot of water across the roadways. The tile wasn't carrying the amount of water that was going through."

The flash flood that started just after noon on Tuesday, leaving a total of 15 roads closed at one time, including Franklin Drive in the heart of downtown Blountville.

Blountville Resident Mike Dearstone says he’s never seen water like this here. "I came by here a little while ago and some woman tried to go through here in a little old Volkswagen," he said. "They had to take that back and pull her out."

Just a few miles away Bethel Drive was closed to drivers, too. A creek current spilled on to the street, making it dangerous for any driver.

For those like Elijah Gragg, whose home almost flooded, they realized they weren't going anywhere any time soon. "It looked more like an ocean. When I first looked out the window, see the fender on that little trailer? [The water] was right up and under it, between the top of the tire and the fender right there," he said. The rising water nearly surrounded his home, though just inches away, it never went inside.

We've learned Sullivan County was not the only place in the path of this storm. We've gotten reports of flooding in Carter County, where we've also learned about a dozen trees were knocked down in the Blue Springs section.

And parts of Scott County Virginia were flooded, particularly in the area of Speers Ferry Road.