Emergency workers eyeing flooding threat

10:47 am | January 15, 2013

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Water overflows a ditch Tuesday on the Old Bristol Highway.

With a three-day flood watch in effect for parts of the region, Carter County emergency responders say they’ll be ready come wet spell or high water.

This morning, Carter County dispatchers reported floodwater covering portions of Wilbur Dam Road and high water near a section of Gap Creek Road.

In Johnson County, schools were delayed as a precaution, but a sheriff’s department dispatcher said no major flooding has yet occurred.

County Emergency Management Agency Director Andrew Worley said he’s been closely monitoring weather reports for the past week and sending information to the public through the agency’s website and social media pages.

“If the National Weather Service thinks the weather could turn severe, they’ll put out directions to the emergency management offices so we can dispatch people as needed,” Worley said. “Right now there’s not a severe threat, so we’re keeping the first responders in the loop of what we’re watching, but if it gets worse, the next step would be to go to the media outlets and try to get the word out to the public.”

He said CCEMA personnel have been closely monitoring the level of the Doe River, the local body of water most likely to flood because it’s not regulated by a Tennessee Valley Authority dam.

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