Lee’s rains a sigh of relief for firefighters

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By Katie Hogin

Tropical Storm Lee brought some much-needed rain to Roane County last week.

“The rain has actually really helped us,” said West Roane County Fire Chief Charlie Redwine. “I was getting very concerned because we couldn’t have stood much more” dry weather.

“It keeps us from worrying so much,” he added.

His volunteer department responded to a few vehicle crashes due to the rain, but nothing serious, Redwine said.

With the several brush fires, many of which were small, that he and others had responded to, he said he felt like “we were very fortunate we didn’t have any that we weren’t able to contain.”

“The weather really affects the fire departments,” Redwiine said, elaborating that it’s the calls they receive and how they respond to them.