WARREN COUNTY, Tenn.- Students in Warren County got an extended Thanksgiving break when officials closed schools after some heavy flooding overnight. Schools in Warren County closed Monday because of heavy flooding in several parts of the county, but the worst hit was the town of Viola.
Parents across the county were notified around 6:00 Monday morning. The rain has since stopped, but the flood waters on several county roads continued to rise.
The overflowing Hickory Creek blocked several roads, making them impassible for cars and school buses Monday morning. Officials worried with more rainfall on the way, it would be too dangerous for drivers to get kids home safely as well. Now they're keeping their eye on the forecast, wondering if they'll have to cancel school again Tuesday.
"It looks like we'll be able to go tomorrow if nothing else happens, but we don't know of course the forecast overnight is for more rain plus possibly even some snowfall," said Jerry Hale, Warren County Director of Schools.
No homes or businesses were flooded because of the rainfall, but people familiar with the area say it's too soon to tell. According to some Warren County residents, the creeks usually continue to rise for at least two to three days because of all the water that comes down the elevated areas in neighboring Grundy County.