Crossville affected by heavy rains and flooding

Crossville affected by heavy rains and flooding

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Jim and Virginia Sinclair have lived at their Towering Trial home for 22 years, but say Sunday was the worst shape their backyard has ever been in. Jim and Virginia Sinclair have lived at their Towering Trial home for 22 years, but say Sunday was the worst shape their backyard has ever been in.
Highway workers say the weather contributed to a sinkhole in the westbound lane of Highway 70 in Crossville. Highway workers say the weather contributed to a sinkhole in the westbound lane of Highway 70 in Crossville.
Many roads were closed in Crossville and in Cumberland County including Oakmont Drive, due to a nearby creek overrunning its banks. Many roads were closed in Crossville and in Cumberland County including Oakmont Drive, due to a nearby creek overrunning its banks.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - Parts of Crossville were hit with a flash flood early Sunday afternoon, after a short stint of heavy rain that caught many off guard. 

Many roads were closed in Crossville and in Cumberland County including Oakmont Drive, due to a nearby creek overrunning its banks.  

Highway workers say the weather contributed to a sinkhole in the westbound lane of Highway 70 in Crossville.

The National Weather Service reported much of the heavy rain was concentrated in Downtown Crossville, which affected many homes and businesses.

The Crossville fire department reports they received 10 different flooding calls.

"We had several flooded out streets, we had several vehicles that stalled in the water, we had one house hit by lightning, and we had a couple spots in the city that were flooded," said Crossville Fire Department Chief Mike Turner.

Turner says there were four homes that had to be evacuated on Rose and Division Street.

Two of those homes are in the Crossville Housing Authority; one of them is where Lisa Vaughn lives with her daughter.  

"The picnic table in the backyard is completely covered, I mean this is a mess, I don't know what we're going to do, or what's going to happen next," said Vaughn.

Vaughn says while she's evacuated she plans on staying with a friend.

Faye Smith, owner of Faye's Floral & Gifts, spent the day vacuuming and sweeping water out of her store.

Smith says she cleaned enough to prevent any damage to her store. 

"It was just gushing in, just like it was a water faucet turned on or something," said Smith. "It was just coming through the house, and it just flooded all the way through."

Many backyards of homes were transformed into bodies of water.  

Jim and Virginia Sinclair have lived at their Towering Trial home for 22 years, but say Sunday was the worst shape their backyard has ever been in.

"It's not unusual for our yard to flood, but this time the whole yard was just underwater," said Jim Sinclair. "It was like we live on a lake, I'd never seen it like that before."

There were no injuries reported, but there was at least one close call as firefighters had to rescue an elderly woman trapped in her car at the intersection of U.S. Highway 70 and Villageway. 

It was estimated she was stuck in water that was chest high.

"The water kept rushing quite a bit, but it all turned out to good, and she's all safe and sound," said Turner.

Turner said his department responded to at least five reports of vehicles that stalled in the roads due to flooding.

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