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NWS, Dunlap police warn of possible flooding on roads

Jan. 23, 2019 – The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Flood Advisory at 6:37 p. m. Wednesday that includes Sequatchie, Bledsoe, and Marion counties, and local emergency personnel are warning motorists to be cautious, as some secondary roads in the Dunlap area already have some standing water.

Motorists, please be cautious,” Dunlap Police Chief Clint Huth urged Wednesday afternoon. “With the heavy rain today, many secondary streets in Dunlap have water over the roadway. Main Street, Russell Street, Jones Drive, and West Valley Road have large amounts of water across the roads. Other streets will also be affected as the rain continues.”

The NWS Flood Advisory, which will be in effect until 8:30 p.m. CST, states, “Emergency management reported heavy rain across the advisory area that has caused minor flooding of area roadways. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. Heavy rainfall should begin to taper off within the next hour.”

Also be aware that with dropping temperatures ice will form and will be difficult to see,” Chief Huth added. “Please allow yourself extra time if traveling, and be careful.”

The NWS advises, “Turn around. Don't drown.”

And they add to be extra cautious at night when it's harder to see flood water on low-lying roads.