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Heavy rain, flooding makes for wet 4th

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Flooding signHeavy rains doused Lincoln County Thursday, as well as Friday, resulting in area creeks and the Elk River overreaching their banks, and forcing the rescue of one individual on a flooded roadway.

Rainfall reports ranged from five to seven inches across the county in the wake of Thursday’s heavy dousing alone, making the July 4th holiday one of the wettest in recent history.

Flood watches for the Tennessee Valley continued Friday and into Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Lincoln County Fire/Rescue was dispatched to rescue an individual who had attempted to cross a flooded portion of Asa Smith Road, said Kathy Hovis, deputy director of the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency, Friday. Rising water along the flooded roadway proved to deep for the vehicle to complete the crossing.

Fortunately, though, that was the only rescue authorities had to undertake, and there were no reports of injuries or accidents, Hovis said. Still, several roadways across Lincoln County had to be closed as a result of conditions.

“There were flooded areas all over the county at one time,” said Hovis, adding that Old Railroad Bed Road in Coldwater was closed due to the flooding. Also impacted by the heavy rainfall were portions of Stateline Road, Ava Smith Road, Highway 110, Scott Orchard Road, as well as areas in Elora.