TEMA declares state of emergency due to flooding, ice

TEMA declares state of emergency due to flooding, ice

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Mobile homes in the Rippling Waters Campground received flooding damage. (Source: Sevier County) Mobile homes in the Rippling Waters Campground received flooding damage. (Source: Sevier County)

NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Tennessee on Tuesday.

State emergency officials made the announcement at 4 p.m., Central Time due to freezing rain and icy conditions in West and Middle Tennessee, and because of the possibility of severe flooding in East Tennessee from the rainfall that continues to move across the state.

On Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service had ice storm warnings in effect for West and Middle Tennessee and flood warnings in effect for portions of East Tennessee.

Emergency shelters were opened in Blount and Sevier Counties for residents who were pushed out of their homes by flooding.

Roads and schools in multiple counties were also closed because of the flooding and heavy rains.

Motorists were advised to limit travel as much as possible and to never drive or venture into standing water.

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