Seven evacuated, but worst missed Marshall County

Sunday, May 2, 2010

At least seven Marshall County residents were rescued from high water by emergency crews over the weekend, according to the director of the county's Emergency Management Agency.

While other Middle Tennessee counties had more than a foot of rainfall, Marshall County had about 7.5 inches, according to independent measurements over the weekend in Lewisburg.

Three people in one family were evacuated from their Fayetteville Highway Home on Saturday and one resident of a Fishing Ford Road home was evacuated, that day, EMA Director Bob Hopkins said Sunday afternoon from his desk at the Hardison Office Annex. Saturday night, three people were rescued from a flooded car on Gold Road.

All seven of those people rescued, or evacuated, were "walked" through water up to their knees, Hopkins said.

The Duck River apparently crested at about 11:45 a.m. Sunday when the river's surface was 634.69 feet above sea level, Hopkins said. Normal is 617.69 feet above sea level, indicating the river was 17 feet deeper than normal where it's measured. That's at the bridge for Verona-Caney Road over the river in the vicinity of Milltown.

Water always flows over the dam at Milltown. Just up stream from the dam is where Lewisburg's raw water intake pipe is to draw supplies for Lewisburg's water treatment plant.

Hopkins was unaware of any injuries suffered by Marshall County residents because of the heavy rain.

Some 11 inches of rain had fallen on Maury County to the west and the Farmington-Rich Creek Volunteer Fire Department had stood-by with a rescue boat on Saturday in case it was needed in the neighboring county.

Ten roads were closed in Marshall County on Saturday, but none should have been a surprise for residents, as Hopkins described them as "the normal ones" that are covered by water as a result of flash flooding.

"We'll get another batch with the next round of rain," Hopkins said Saturday evening in anticipation of more rain Sunday. As of 1:30 p.m. Sunday, there were no closed roads in the county, as reported to the EMS office.

"We don't have the worst of the flooding," Hopkins said.

Storms have turned away from Marshall County this weekend and did so during the summer drought nearly three years ago.

Meanwhile, about 200 people needed to use an emergency shelter in Bedford County. For more on that, log onto our sister newspaper, the Shelbyville Times-Gazette at

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