Some flooding, but damage minimal

Monday, March 6, 2017
Two men were rescued from high water at the Depot Street railroad underpass by a Chapel Hill Police officer and an employee of the Chapel Hill Water Department after storms swept through the area on Wednesday morning. The men, who were not from the area according to CHPD, were medically cleared by EMS. CHPD declined to identify the two men rescued, without citing a reason.
Photo Submitted by Chapel Hill Police Department

This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Tennessee and, on Wednesday, the northern part of Marshall County got more than just a drill.

A strong line of storms passed through the area, bringing high winds and hard rain along with it.

The Chapel Hill Police Department responded to Depot Street at the railroad crossing underpass in response to a single vehicle that was attempting to go through standing water. The vehicle was quickly overcome with water.

Photo Submitted by Chapel Hill Police Department

Officer John Compton and Chapel Hill Water Department employee John Helmick rushed into the high rising water, which had reached the windows of the vehicle, and were able to rescue the driver and passenger through the window.

As the two men were removed from the vehicle, the vehicle became completely submerged in water. Compton and Helmick escorted the men from the water where the men were examined by the Emergency Medical Service.

The Chapel Hill Fire Department also responded and helped to secure the roadway. The Chapel Hill Police Department thanks all those involved in this rescue and reminds motorists that if they see water on the roadway to turn around and not attempt to go through the water.