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Flooding concerns give way to new problems

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- After the big rain comes the big cleanup.

Larry Hickey pushes the mop through the Cleveland Salvation Army after nearly ten inches of rain pounded Bradley County Monday.

A group of volunteers piled sandbags to stop the rising waters from rushing indoors.

Inside, tables propped up furniture.

Larry Hickey with the Salvation Army told Channel 3, "We all kind of panicked, but banded together and made sure we had the doors blocked but some water did get in."

Sump pumps helped keep some of the water out, but they were no match for the drenching rain.

The Salvation Army Corp Administrator Ruthie Forgey said the downpour put a damper on the team but never stopped the spirit of helping.

"We can call and get more backup here and get more boots on the ground."

Across the street Cleveland automotive employees pushed through nearly 2 feet of flood waters that almost put some vehicles underwater.

Lester Johnson with Cleveland Automotive said, "We had some fans ruined by the waters and some electronics. The computer system is gone."

Johnson said he plans to get back to work in the coming days and isn't too optimistic about how much Monday's rain is going to cost the business in the long run.

The good news is Bradley County's main water source, the Hiwassee River, has started to recede.

The Bradley County EMA is more concerned about more than 1,000 reports of fallen trees.

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