Emergency shelters opening as flood conditions continue in East Tennessee


GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Several emergency shelters have opened Thursday as East Tennesseans deal with flooding conditions.

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Heritage High School in Blount County is open for any residents are being displaced to the flood conditions.  Shelter, cots, snacks & other supplies are being delivered and will be open until needed.

Tuckaleechee United Methodist Church in Townsend will also be a shelter for any residents who are being displaced by the flood conditions.

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Hancock County Sheriff’s Department encourages the citizens of Hancock County who live in close proximity of the Clinch River and any other body of water prone to flooding, to seek alternative shelter. The Red Cross will be set up at the First Baptist Church to provide emergency shelter to those affected by the flooding. The church’s doors will open approximately 2 p.m. Thursday for anyone who needs shelter.

The Pigeon Forge Community Center at 170 Community Center Drive is open for residents displaced by flooding.

The city of Gatlinburg opened an emergency shelter at 10 a.m., due to flooding on Thursday morning, but after not servicing anyone, it was closed at 3 p.m. If anyone needs emergency shelter, the one at the Pigeon Forge Community Center is still open.

Gatlinburg police are asking for Sevier County residents to make a report of any damage due to inclement weather in the post below.


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