Overnight Rain Creates Problems

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Erik Avanier
Contributor: Ashley Henderson
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Updated: 2/03 6:56 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WDEF) - Last week we were dealing with snow----this week, its flooding.
Heavy rains over most of the area Sunday night resulted in high water in various communities in the Tennessee valley.
And, more rain is on the way this week.

The ground was partially saturated by water from melted snow.
That's why the 2-inches of rain over the tri-state area last night quickly filled rivers and streams.
This is Creek Road in Dade county which is blocked by high water near Lookout Mountain Flight Park.
Neighbors are not surprised.

NANCY GATTONE, NEW ENGLAND, GA. "This is the normal course of events in this area. Because living at the foot of Lookout Mountain ..all the water flows down and fills Lookout Creek and we have to go around it."

Nancy Gattone's home is on a hill,

NANCY GATTONE "If my house floods, its too late for the ark."

Lookout Creek was way out of its banks by sunrise.
Water covered much of the flight park and there was no indication that it was going down soon.
Michelle Ebert has lived here for 2 years.

MICHELLE EBERT, CREEK RD., DADE CO. "Every time it has a heavy downpour, I mean constant , like all night, you'll get a good flood like this."

In East Ridge, officials are watching the usual trouble spots---especially Camp Jordan, where roads became impassable around noon.
That section of South Chickamauga Creek jumps the banks after a couple of rain.
Right now its at 16 feet, one inch.

Flood stage is 18 feet, and an additional one inch of rain is expected by Tuesday night.
If that happens, the creek is predicted to reach 17 and a half feet.
In the past, that kind of rainfall in a short period has covered Mack Smith Road and the golf courses near I-75.

There was isolated flooding in low lying areas of Apison Monday morning but roads reopened later.
But the issue now, throughout the area is---how much more rain will fall as the week wears on?


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