UPDATE: Severe thunderstorms flood areas, lightning damages 2 homes
Six days of severe storms, rain and winds have wreaked havoc on parts of the Tennessee Valley.
UPDATE: Officials say lightning sparked two house fire in Hamilton County on Thursday.
The first was reported shortly after 11:35 a.m at 10135 Meadowstone Drive. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene. The Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department and Hamilton County Sheriff's Office responded.
Hamilton County EMS spokeswoman Amy Maxwell says firefighters found heavy smoke and fire in the attic of the home. The fire was put out and contained to the attic.
Maxwell says lighting hit the roofline and started the fire.
No one was home when the fire started.
Damages are estimated at $40,000.
A second fire was reported around 11:58 a.m. at 8520 Middle Valley Road in Hixson.
Maxwell says firefighters found heavy smoke throughout the home but no fire.
Fire officials determined that lightning hit the air conditioning unit and spread throughout the home, destroying all of the appliances.
Damages are estimated at $8,000.
The heavy rain over the last few days has created flooding in areas of the Channel 3 viewing area.
Chattanooga police have identified flooded areas as:
- W. 33rd Street at St. Elmo Avenue
- E. 3rd Street at N. Lyerly Street
- 2002 Dodson Avenue
- 2300 Kirby Avenue
- 2317 East 5th Street
- 3820 Brainerd Road
Other areas with reported flooding are:
- Rosewood Street in north Chattanooga
- Sequatchie County in the West Valley area, near the Marion County line
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The City of Athens issued a release stating:
"Flash floods are causing some county roads and city streets to be overrun with stormwater. If you encounter a flooded roadway, please do not attempt to drive through the water. It's not worth the risk! "