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Water rescue underway in Lawrence County as overnight rain causes flooding

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Posted at 7:56 AM, Mar 31, 2021

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (WTVF) — A swift water rescue is underway in Lawrence County as overnight rain caused flooding in the area.

The Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) said two families are isolated on Barney Lane between Westpoint and Iron City. The water is close to entering the homes and the area has been cut off from land access.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

The flooding has closed a portion of Highway 240 in Lawrence County after more rain fell overnight. LEMA said one person had to be rescued from a car that encountered high water on the highway. The rescue occurred near Henryville Road after the Buffalo River began to overflow on the road.

Widespread flash flooding has been reported in the northern half of Lawrence County. LEMA officials said rescuers responded to several calls of vehicles stranded in high water and other flooding issues, but fortunately, no injuries have been reported in those calls.

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A vehicle was stranded in water due to flooding on Tennessee Route 240 near Henryville.

Reports from the National Weather Service indicate that numerous roads and low water bridges remain impassible. The flooding also prompted Lawrence County Schools to close on Wednesday.

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High water at Gwinn Road in Ethridge.