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After drought, rain causes flash flooding in TN Valley

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Much-need rainstorms have dumped a couple of inches of water on drought-stricken areas, but it has created a risk of flash flooding in some parts of Tennessee as parched streams and creek beds are slow to absorb the rain.

Parts of downtown Chattanooga were diluted with water Tuesday and flash flooding was reported in Polk and Bradley counties and farther north in Sullivan County.

Amy Maxwell, spokeswoman with the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency, said with no rain for several weeks, the water was not being absorbed into the ground and debris in the sewer system caused the water to back up into the street.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jessica Winton in Morristown said heavy downpours on Tuesday caused localized flooding and water covered some roads in Polk County.

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