Rain pounds region

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By The Staff

Heavy rains wreaked havoc across Roane County Monday, leaving flooded roads and homes, mudslides and accidents throughout the day.


Emergency crews were dispatched to a wreck on Lawnville Road around 4:30 p.m.

Dispatch said there was a vehicle wrapped around a tree with people inside.  

Emergency personnel were kept busy assisting people out of their homes as rising flood waters trapped them inside.

An emergency shelter was opened at Roane State Community College for people who evacuated.

Harriman Fire Department responded to the 600 block of Siluria Street to rescue one family.

Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said three people got out safely Monday afternoon.  

Six people in a neighboring residence also were able to vacate their home safely, but waters were heading toward the structure.

“They are fixing to get out and head to a shelter at Roane State,” he added.

Goss said officials had received reports of landslides along Riggs Chapel Road, but as of Monday afternoon the road was clear.

The wet weather also kept emergency workers busy in Kingston.  

“Nothing to where we’ve had to evacuate,” Fire Chief Willie Gordon said, however.

One of the calls the Kingston Fire Department responded to was at 212 Scott Lane.

There was a report of a couple inside a house that was flooding.

Gordon said they were able to clear a blockage, allowing rising waters to recede.

A mudslide was reported in the 1900 block of Bluff Road as well as fallen trees.

Highway workers stayed busy moving fallen trees out of roadways, and there were many reports of flooded roadways.

Among the roadways that were reportedly flooding were Cardiff Valley Road in the Rockwood area, Dyllis Road near Oliver Springs, Old Valley Road and Easter subdivision of Harriman and Blossom Lane in Kingston.

Rockwood officials discussed the hard work city employees did during Monday’s Rockwood City Council meeting.

Black Creek there looked perilous during part of the day, but officials said past measures kept it from cresting.

The Roane County Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security asked for residents who suffered home damage from high winds or flooding to report it at 717-4115.

People went out to get supplies to cover their flooding, including shop vacuums, tarps and other things.

At Browder’s Ace hardware in Kingston, two men, each carrying new shop vacs, grinned good naturedly at each other.

“Flooded basement,” one said, while the other nodded.