Sevierville campers evacuate flooded campground

Sevierville campers evacuate flooded campground

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By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - Heavy rainfall over the last few days caused a number of flooding problems across East Tennessee.

People living in campgrounds in Sevier County were especially affected.

Multiple campers at the Ripplin' Waters Campground in Sevierville were flooded with several feet of water, forcing their owners to evacuate.

Fast moving water poured over the sides of the river that runs behind the campground over the last two nights, rushing into camp sites.

Ted Hunt of Sevierville woke up during the worst of the storm and looked out the front door of his camper, and not a moment too soon.

"Just seen a little water over the river and within 20 minutes, it was within inches of coming in our camper," said Hunt.

He and his wife hooked up their trailer and left immediately.

"Just about lost everything, especially out minds. It was an experience. I'd never been through nothing like this," said Hunt.

Hunt returned to Ripplin' Waters Wednesday to pick up the rest of their belongings.

Since the storms began, everyone has since evacuated, except for one woman who decided to stay.

"This morning I got up and it had receded and I said thank you Lord. Every time it rains, everybody has to evacuate. That's why I don't like to get down at the lower end because every time the people down there get it really bad," said Sharon Conklin of Sevierville.

The waters got close to entering her camper.

"I couldn't have gone outside without going underwater," said Conklin, describing when she tried to walk outside late Tuesday night.

But she made it through.

"I called my husband this morning and said 'honey, we made it,'" said Conklin.

Flooding also caused many road closures across Sevier County.

Water crossing the roads made them impossible to drove over.

In Gatlinburg, people staying in several cabins had to be evacuated after part of Stone Fence Lane collapsed.

People here are just ready for the rain to stop.

"Try to gather everything up and start again," said Hunt.

Sevier County Emergency Management says there are no reports of injuries or any other structural damage.

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