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Flooding, Rescues After Flooding In Overton County


by Marcus Washington

RICKMAN, Tenn. - The constant rain in Overton County has forced families out of their homes and emergency crews out on a number of rescue calls on Wednesday.

Over the past 24-hours, some farmers say they have recorded more than eight inches of rain.

George Ramsey had to watch from his neighbor's front porch as flood waters overtook his home Wednesday.

"I figured it was on to ease up, but next thing I know it was in my house," said Ramsey.

His neighbor's are dealing with a similar situation. Andrew Miller's home has at least four feet of water inside and the cars in his front yard are no longer in sight.

"There is a Ranger pickup and a Dodge Neon and you can barely see the white top of the Neon," said Miller.

By using a canoe, some folks were able to save a few items. A lot of folks were forced to walk through the water because the entire neighborhood has been evacuated. The power is out at all homes and there's no telling of how much more the water will rise.

Cassandra Cravens said she and her son had to swim from her car as she was just feet from her home. While Cravens' car was under water, she helped others.

"we took the boat and one of the cops got our boat out the driveway and rescued on of the ladies that lived up the street. We're just waiting for the water to go down and see where it leaves us," said Cravens.

Other parts of Overton County saw creeks flooding. Roads have even disappeared as river cross over the banks.

Families are trying to figure out if they can salvage anything from their homes.

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