Flooding reported 'all over' Bledsoe County

Flooding reported 'all over' Bledsoe County

June 30th, 2014 by Ben Benton and Tim Omarzu in Local - Breaking News

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Heavy rains across the western side of the Chattanooga region caused flooding today in some areas, but no major problems, officials said.

Bledsoe County dispatchers said flooding was reported "all over the county" but there were few reports of trees down and none of power line damage.

Bledsoe appeared to be one of the hardest-hit counties by a slow-moving story that at times was dumping between 1.5 and 2 inches of rain per hour.

"It's just not moving," said Meterologist Jessica Winton of the National Weather Service office in Morristown, Tenn.

"There are some parts of Bledsoe, it looks like they got close to 6 inches," Winton said.

Flash flood warnings and advisories remained in effect for these counties: Hamilton, Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Bledsoe and Rhea.

Bledsoe County dispatchers said flooding problems that caused traffic problems were in low-lying areas and near creeks.

Officials in Marion and Sequatchie counties on Monday said there had been few reports of problems caused by the heavy rains.

Coops Creek, a flood-prone waterway in the center of Dunlap, was staying within its banks, Sequatchie officials said.

"It's actually pretty good over here," a Marion County dispatcher said early Monday. She noted that rains stopped long enough for water levels to recede between spells of showers.

The rainfall hasn't closed any roads in Hamilton County, Superintendent of Highways Gary Bean said.

"We hadn't had any [road closed] signs out, or anything," Bean said.