By Nathan Baker
Residents on Hampton’s Rittertown Road were once again chased from their homes by rising water when localized flooding struck the community Wednesday evening.
Carter County Emergency Management Agency Director Andrew Worley said a few homes on the street were briefly threatened when the Doe River swelled over its banks.
“The Carter County Rescue Squad and the Hampton Fire Department evacuated three homes, but about an hour later, the water receded and they were able to return to their homes,” Worley said.
He said National Weather Service data showed that the Rittertown area received about three inches of rain in a matter of minutes at approximately 5:30 p.m., the product of an extremely localized storm.
“It was only in that one area,” Worley said. “Other parts of the county got almost no rain at all from that line of storms.”