TREE DOWN — This pat weekend’s storm caused a portion of a tree to fall in front of Gooch Hall on the University of Tennessee at Martin Campus. (Photo by Kara Kidwell).
By JOE LOFARO
Special to The Press
The heavy rain, Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning, caused several problems in Weakley County, according to Jamison Peevyhouse,Weakley County’s emergency management director.
“We had some flooding, but it was localized in Dresden,” he said. “It was nothing major.”
However, the flooding caused city officials to close Pikeview and West Main streets Saturday morning. “Those two streets are the low spots in Dresden,” Peevyhouse said. The flooding is a result of Mud Creek, the main tributary in Dresden.
The heavy rain caused two accidents in Martin Thursday night. Martin Police have two complaint cards on file.
One complaint card states that a car driving south on McCombs Street, near the elementary school, was struck by a tree. No one was injured in the accident.
In an unrelated accident, but about the same time on University Street, near Skyhawk Parkway, three people were injured in a two-car accident.
The two drivers, listed as Ginger Victory and Sue Youngblood, are from Rives and Union City respectively. The third victim was not listed.
According to Martin Fire Chief Jamie Summers the vehicles involved were a Ford Focus and a Chevrolet Malibu.
Martin Police worked the accident, while UT Martin’s Department of Public Safety was requested to file the report.
UT Martin’s incident report indicates that all the power, including the traffic light at the intersection, in the vicinity of the accident was out.
The report also states that power outage was caused by the storm that came through Martin before the accident. In addition to the heavy rain, the storm included strong rain.
Martin Police patrolman Aaron Carter and UT Martin Department of Public Safety Officer Nicholas Combs worked the accident.
(Published in The Press on 6.4.2013)