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Duck River expected to crest at highest since 1991; residents evacuated

Posted at 7:59 PM, Feb 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-24 20:26:24-05

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Duck River crested on Sunday morning at 42 feet.

With the Riverside Community so close to the Duck, when flood levels get this high it is expected that homes and property will occur along 3rd Avenue.

With the safety of residents in mind, Columbia residents were being urged strongly to evacuate the area as soon as possible. This is especially true if their home was in Riverside from 3rd Avenue south to Riverside Drive.

Columbia Fire and Police were going door-to-door in the affected area, trying to ensure that everyone is able to get out of their homes safely. However, according to the Deputy Chief of Emergency Operations of the Columbia Fire Department, Chris, Cummins, of the 115 residents that were warned to evacuate, only 15 actually left their homes.

Columbia Armory Recreation & Fitness Center will be the temporary location where evacuees can find shelter after they leave their homes.

It is expected that residents will be able to return to their homes in 36 hours but flood conditions will continue to be monitored so that no one returns home before it is safe to do so.