Flash Flood Reminds Tullahoma Residents Of Water Dangers

Posted at 6:20 PM, Jun 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:38:36-04

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. - Warmer weather is bringing in more customers to Goody 2 Scoops in Tullahoma but sometimes the summer-like weather isn't as sweet as the treats they serve.

"Mother Nature is a very interesting piece of work," Chef Bridget Green said.

Late Sunday evening, she and her customers got a taste of what Mother Nature can do.

"It came down in buckets," said Green.

The customers inside had to wait it out, and when the rain left they noticed another problem. The parking lot was completely flooded.

"There's a creek that goes through right here so this water comes this way," explained Public Works Director Wayne Limbaugh. "I strongly suspect there was probably debris and stuff that got into these catch basins because we've never had a problem there.”

However, the property in question doesn't fall under public work's responsibility because it’s private property.

"They're responsible for the maintenance on it," said Limbaugh.

NewsChannel 5 learned the owner of the Forrest Gallery Shopping Center is a Real Estate Agency based out of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Our calls to them were not returned as of Tuesday afternoon.

However, Limbaugh said sometimes there's not much you can do when flash floods occur.

"Tullahoma is flat, it's a drainage problem anywhere you go in Tullahoma," he said.

He went on to say if you happen across a flooded area it’s always best to turn around.

"You see public works employees that end up drowning because they're trying to free up clogs and stuff," Limbaugh explained. "You definitely don't need to be driving in it, water is powerful."