Officials don't anticipate rain to affect Hamilton County schools

Officials don't anticipate rain to affect Hamilton County schools

February 19th, 2019 by Meghan Mangrum in Breaking News

Hamilton County Schools are open Wednesday, despite heavy rain and the potential for flash flooding expected this week.

School district officials met Tuesday afternoon to discuss weather forecasts, according to Hamilton County Schools spokesman Tim Hensley.

On Sunday, WRCB-TV Channel 3 meteorologist Alison Pryor predicted that the Chattanooga area will likely see between 6 to 9 inches of rain between Tuesday and Sunday.

Hensley said that lower overnight rainfall predictions hadn't warranted a need to close schools Wednesday, but school officials will continue to monitor the weather this week.

In September, flash flooding left one dead and at least one school flooded in Soddy-Daisy.

Hensley said Soddy Elementary flooded last fall, and school leaders talked about concerns it could happen again in Tuesday's meeting.

District officials will continue to monitor rainfall and visit problem areas overnight and in the morning, he said.

Last year was the wettest year in Chattanooga and this January's rainfall was at 120 percent of normal levels, according to statistics provided by Tennessee Valley Authority.

This is a developing story. Check back with the Times Free Press for updates.