Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 21, 2013

Record rainfall floods county

Two families forced to evacuate

CROSSVILLE — A record rainfall event Sunday flooded city streets and county roads and sent water flowing into some businesses and some homes in Crossville. There were also several reports of houses being struck by lightning in the city and the county. There were no injuries reported in Cumberland County.

The National Climate Data Center recorded a record rainfall event of 2.6 inches of precipitation, 2.43 inches above normal rainfall. Crossville meteorologist Steve Norris posted on his FaceBook account that he recorded four inches of rain at his home and that he would not be surprised if five to six inches fell on other parts of the county, especially in the southern end.

A flood warning was issued for Cumberland County around mid-morning and stayed in effect until 6 p.m. CST. Most of the rain fell prior to 2 p.m.

Two apartments belonging to Crossville Housing Authority off Rose St. were flooded, causing two families to have to relocate. There was also reports of flooding to a CHA facility.

Cumberland Medical Center experienced some water problems during the deluge, according to CMC’s interim CEO Larry Moore. Water damaged one of the nuclear medicine cameras as well as information technology, sterile processing and surgery departments. The problem areas were quickly cleaned.

“A special thanks to all our staff for their quick response to the issue,” Moore said. “As of today, all areas are open and operating on schedule.”

Crossville Police and Fire Department officials responded to reports of motorists stranded in standing water in some of the chronic flooding areas of the city. In the city, flooding was reported on Miller Ave., West Ave., Fourth St., the intersection by the U.S. Post Office, N. Main St. and on Webb Ave.

Martin Elementary’s parking lot was again, under water as was Cumberland County High School’s football field. Several persons scaled the locked gates to swim in the water, and kayakers were seen on the water. Police were called to the scene several times to chase off trespassers.

In Greenbriar subdivision, fire department officials were dispatched to rescue a woman whose car stalled in deep water just off Hwy. 70 E.

The small pond located behind the Inn of the Cumberlands off Hwy. 70 W topped its bank and flooded Tennessee Ave., the road leading to the Cumberland County Playhouse. A portion of the road washed away, but city street crews were quickly dispatched to the scene and were able to prevent more road damage.

In the county there were many streets reported flooded, including Towering Trail and Deep Draw Rd., where road damage was reported.

Volunteer Energy Cooperative crews were also kept busy with power interruptions at substations and with transformers experiencing problems in the wet and windy conditions.

The Cumberland County Rescue Squad’s swift water rescue team was called to Bledsoe County to assist with the evacuation of residents caught by surprise by the rapidly rising water.

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