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NWS issues Flood Warning for Sequatchie County, rain continues

Flooding on Cherry Street, in downtown Dunlap.  Photo courtesy of Sequatchie County Highway Department.

Feb. 23, 2019 – Flood waters are causing roads to be closed and putting emergency personnel on extra duty in Dunlap today. A number of roads in the area are closed.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Flood Warning for Sequatchie County and Marion County at 8:07 a. m. today, effective until 2 p.m., that states:

At 8:04 a.m. CST Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated that another inch or more has fallen in the past 3 hours over already saturated ground. This will cause more widespread flooding across these counties.

Some locations that will experience flooding include . . . Dunlap, Jasper, Soddy-Daisy, Signal Mountain, South Pittsburg, Walden, Lakesite, Whitwell, Kimball . . .

Additional rainfall amounts of one half to one inch are possible in the warned area over the next 3 hours.

PRECAUTIONARY / PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets, and underpasses, as well as other drainage areas and low-lying spots. Also country roads and farmland.

Rain is expected to continue in the area through Saturday, with a cold front moving in Saturday night, bringing high winds but an end to rain. The NWS warns that trees will be easily uprooted due to the saturated ground.

Video shows flood waters of Big Brush Creek on Old Union Road, Dunlap, at 8:30 a.m.