published Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Cleanup under way in Johnson City, Tenn.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Washington County residents are cleaning up after heavy rain caused flash flooding.

The torrential rain Sunday moved Doug Wilson’s house onto a road in the Dry Creek community. County highway workers dismantled the ruined home on Wednesday. The 65-year-old Wilson wasn’t there to watch, but his brother, David Wilson, was. He told the Johnson City Press ( ) he and 11 siblings grew up in the house.

“I was born in it, I’m watching it go,” he said. “It hurts.”

County workers used a trackhoe to pull the building apart and load the debris into dump trucks

Health officials have warned people who live in areas that were flooded to not drink well water or eat vegetables from gardens.

Washington County EMA Director Chad Bruckman said his agency will pass out safety flyers.

“When the flood occurred, it destroyed a lot of septic systems and also took a lot of barns and garages that had a lot of hazardous materials inside. Those materials soaked into the ground and could be soaked up by vegetable gardens,” Bruckman said.

Johnson City schools had been scheduled to begin the class year on Monday but pushed back opening until Wednesday because flooding damaged some school buses.

A dozen horses died when a miniature horse farm flooded.

The flooding rerouted Dry Creek in places.

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