Gloomy weekend adds to greater Chattanooga area's rainfall total

photo Floodwaters rush across the parking at Sequoyah Baptist Tabernacle Church on Daisy Dallas Road in Hixson.

The gloomy weekend of overcast skies and near-constant rain pushed the Chattanooga area 15 inches above the average rainfall for this time of year. Since July 1 alone, the area has received nearly four inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

But even though the sun finally broke through the cloud cover today, don't pull out the beach towels and flip flops yet - more rain is expected. The weather service reports continued showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout this week.

The heavy rainfall over the past few days in an already rain-soaked area has caused widespread flooding and damage to the region.