Flood warning issued as rains continue to soak Obion County

Flood warning issued as rains continue to soak Obion County
By DONNA RYDER
and KEVIN BOWDEN
A flood warning was continuing today for Obion County after the area saw more than four inches of rain on Sunday, according to records kept at the A.L. Strub Wastewater Treatment Plant in Union City.
The last time the A.L. Strub Wastewater Treatment Plant recorded more than four inches of rain in one day was May 1, 2009, when 4.08 inches of rain fell.
Brent Callicott, an outdoor writer for The Messenger, reported 5.25 inches of rain in his rain gauges since 9 a.m. Sunday morning.
At Reelfoot Lake, the U.S. Geological Survey reported six inches at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency building on the southern end of the lake.
“For our area, this puts us at around 15 inches of rain in the last two and a half weeks,” Callicott said. “As of 7:45 this morning, the lake was rising fast and is at 282.7 feet above sea level, which is about five inches above the normal lake pool level.”
Some area hunters reported to The Messenger this morning that their duck blinds, which are usually accessible by all-terrain vehicles, could not be reached without a boat.
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning that continues for the North Fork Obion River today. At 1 this morning, the stage was 19.5 feet and minor flooding was being forecast. The maximum forecast stage was 20.0 feet today. Twenty feet is flood stage.
The National Weather Service said flooding is occurring along the river in northeast Obion County and northwest Weakley County, as well as in low lying areas near Union City.
Overnight rains left several areas around the county flooded early today, most specifically around and south of the Rives area, according to a dispatcher at the Obion County Sheriff’s Department.
The Y-intersection at Highway 21 and Highway 22, at Lassiter’s Corner, was underwater early today and water was over the roadway on Allie Campbell Road, South Red McCorkle Road, Simmons Road, Knox Daniel Road, Mt. Zion Road near Woodland Mills and on Pleasant Valley Road. Flooding was also reported early today in Rives and the Harris Station community.
There was only one weather-related incident reported early today when a vehicle ran off the roadway and into a ditch north of Hornbeak on Highway 21 West, according to the sheriff’s department.
The rainy weather kept emergency services dispatchers busy handling calls today.
Union City Public Works Director Steve Ladd said this morning the city had to close Town & Country Road because of flooding and there have been minor problems with Knox Daniel Road.
He added work to alleviate flooding problems at Graham Park seems to have worked, as there had not been any water over the roadways there as of this morning. “All the work we did out there helped,” he said.
The chance of precipitation is 100 percent for today, with between a half and three quarters of an inch of new rainfall amounts possible, according to the National Weather Service forecast for Obion County. The rain could be heavy at times. Temperatures were to fall throughout the day, with a low of 34 predicted for tonight. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain for tonight.
A drizzle is expected for Tuesday, when the temperature is predicted to be near 41 and the low near 31. It should be partly sunny on Wednesday, but temperatures are expected to be near a high of 41 and a low of 25. It won’t get any warmer as the week goes by, with the temperature ranges to be a high of 42 and a low of 28 on Thursday, a high of 41 and a low of 22 on Friday and a high of 37 and a low of 24 on Saturday.
Officials with the National Weather Service remind motorists to practice caution, “Do not drive through flooded areas. Turn around don’t drown.”
Published in The Messenger 12.5.11

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