Greene County hit with strong storms, flash flooding

Greene County hit with strong storms, flash flooding


6 News Reporter

GREENEVILLE (WATE) - Severe weather on Saturday left a trail of damage in parts of East Tennessee and one of the hardest hit areas was Greene County.

On Kingsport Highway, just outside Greeneville, flash floods caused a lot of property damage.

People who live there say it rained hard for more than a hour.

"This is the worst I've seen it," said Jimmie McAmis, whose childhood home ended up with several feet of water in the cellar. "I was raised right here in this house, live up the road, came down here and it was just a river."

McAmis also had his entire garden washed away from a swollen creek. The current was so strong it even broke apart the asphalt on his driveway.

Neighbors said the storm came in quick.

"I went outside and we were watching the storm come across the hill," said Chris Marshall, who lives near Kingsport Highway. "A lot of the clouds were straight up in the air, then rotating around. We thought it possibly was a tornado."

Flooding was not the only problem in Greene County. The area also received a lot of hail.

"I remember coming out here when I was six or seven years old and I never seen it like this ever," said Marshall. "It came down pretty hard."

The Greene County rescue squad was working most of the day making sure everyone was safe.

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