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Lee leaves some Ringgold residents out to dry

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CATOOSA COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)-- In North Georgia downed trees cut power and rising waters forced some to evacuate.

Even though the rain tapered off throughout Tuesday morning rivers, creeks, and streams continued to rise throughout the day causing more flooding problems for many.

"I didn't want to be stuck walking through waist-deep water with my two children," says flood victim, Kimberly Nolze.

The rain fall was lighter in North Georgia Tuesday, but down, down, down it came.

And with it, so did the problems.

On Baggett Road in Ringgold a downed tree cut power and closed the road.

"It's been stressful because I realized the road was closed and had to turn around and take the long way," says driver, Christi Brown.

Diane Newman found herself spending the night in a middle school gym.

"Around midnight last night a tree fell on the apartment complex that I live in," says Newman.

The Red Cross opened the shelter for the 16 people forced to evacuate Battlewood Apartments, Monday.

"We had to leave yesterday, walking through knee deep water," says Nolze.

In the end, Battlewood residents were able to return home Monday night.

Tuesday morning maintenance crews were already ripping up ruined carpet.

Kimberly Nolze and her family evacuated, but they were lucky.

"We got back today expecting the worse and it's dry inside, thank God," says Nolze.

For Newman the outcome of the day is less certain. The shelter will be closed Tuesday night, which means she has to find another place to stay before 3rd shift.

"I knew they'd been calling for rain for a few days and I knew the wind was rough, but it was a pretty big tree that feel on my house, so I didn't expect that," says Newman.

So whether you experienced flooding, had to seek shelter, or were simply forced to rearrange your holiday plans, there's no doubt Tropical Storm Lee left its mark on the Tennessee Valley.

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