Hamilton County Under Flash Flood Warning As Heavy Rains Continue

Monday, September 24, 2018

Heavy rains throughout Monday brought water over many Hamilton County roads and into some businesses.

The front area of the Mapco in the 8100 block of Standifer Gap Road was a small lake.

The Sheriff's Office said, "Drivers in the Middle Valley and East Brainerd Road areas are encouraged to avoid driving in low lying areas. All drivers should exercise caution.

"Drivers should avoid many areas until the water recedes.Do not attempt to drive over any roadways with rushing or standing water."

The roads listed below have at least one or more areas where water is over the roadway: Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, Snow Hill Road, 3200 Ripley Run Road, Standifer Gap Road, Old East Brainerd Road and Wandering Way.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for Hamilton County.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING FROM 11:53 PM EDT MON UNTIL 2:45 AM EDT TUE THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... BRADLEY COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE... HAMILTON COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE... * UNTIL 245 AM EDT. * AT 1151 PM EDT, DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. UP TO ONE AND ONE-HALF INCHES OF RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY. * SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE... CHATTANOOGA, CLEVELAND, SODDY-DAISY, SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, WALDEN, LAKESITE, CHARLESTON, RIDGESIDE, SOUTH CLEVELAND, HARRISON, EAST CLEVELAND, WILDWOOD LAKE, FAIRMOUNT, RED BANK, COLLEGEDALE, CALHOUN, WATERVILLE, LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, RED CLAY STATE PARK AND FLINT SPRINGS. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WARNED AREA. SINCE THE GROUND IS ALREADY SATURATED FROM RECENT HEAVY RAINS AND PONDING OF WATER IN LOW LYING IS ALREADY REPORTED, ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINS WILL LIKELY CAUSE FLOODING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLOODING. &&

- photo by HCSO Sergeant Mickey Rountree

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