|Published: 9:33 AM, 07/10/2013
||Last updated: 9:34 AM, 07/10/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Emergency switchboards were jammed with
phone calls Monday after a big yellow objected was spotted in the
Well, that didn't really happen, but
local residents were sent scurrying for sunglasses that had been
collecting dust until the sun finally broke through the clouds for
the first time for in nearly a week. Heavy rains had not only put a
hindrance to July 4 holiday plans last Thursday, but began to cause
more serious problems over the weekend, forcing some roads to be
temporarily closed and sending a flood of calls into the Monroe
County E-911 Center.
"It has been a very busy weekend," said Cynthia Johnson from the E-911 Center.
Johnson said there were 24 reports of
trees down on Monroe County roads from the holiday through the
weekend and 32 reports of flooding in various areas of the county.
Highway crews worked long hours during
the weekend as small landslides and numerous reports of gravel washed
onto roads created traffic problems along with the high water.
In a county the size of Monroe County,
the sixth-largest county area wise in the state, there can be varying
amounts of rainfall reported. However, 5 and 6-inch rain reports
during the weekend alone were not uncommon and that rain came on top
of precipitation that had been falling days earlier.
The meteorological summer of 2013 (June
1-Aug. 31) has stood in stark contrast to the early part of the
summer of 2012 when the area was mired in drought conditions and
hitting al-time record highs of 105 degrees two days in a row at the
end of June. This summer, 90-degree days have been very rare and
afternoon showers are almost a daily occurrence even before this
past week's total washout.
East Tennessee is normally one of the
wettest areas in the nation with nearly 49 inches of rain in an
average year. The year 2013 is only half over, but the McGhee Tyson
Airport in Blount County has almost reached the average annual
rainfall for the year.
All this rain is sort of a mixed
blessing, helping in some ways, but causing hardships for others.
See full story in the Wednesday, July 10, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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