By Nathan Baker
Carter and Johnson counties were spared from Wednesday’s tornadoes that struck middle Tennessee and other Southeast states, but steady rain and high winds from the same cold front once again swelled waterways and raised high winds, flooding roads and prompting evacuations.
For the third time this month, residents on Carl Smith Road in Hampton fled their homes as Laurel Fork Creek spilled over its banks and flooded both Carl Smith and Swimming Pool roads.
Carter County Emergency Management Agency Director Andrew Worley said three families in the area chose to leave their homes on the advice of emergency personnel.
“We knocked at a few homes and told them that if they were going to leave, they should do it then,” Worley said Thursday morning. “We were able to get the trucks in then, but we told them if the situation had gotten worse, the second time we had to come get them would be by boat.”