Flooding: French Broad, Pigeon rivers in Newport above flood stage

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NEWPORT, Tenn. (WATE) – Both the Pigeon and French Broad rivers are out of their banks in Newport Saturday morning and the French Broad is expected to be above flood stage until early Sunday.

Minor flooding was occurring Friday night and moderate flooding on the French Broad River was forecast, according to the National Weather Service office in Morristown.

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The river was expected to rise to near 17.5 feet by Saturday morning, then begin falling, but won’t be below flood stage until early Sunday morning, the Weather Service said.

The flooding warning for the Pigeon River in Newport has been extended into Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service office in Morristown. At 9 p.m. Friday, the stage was 15.9 feet and flood stage is 8 feet.

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The Pigeon River is forecast to below flood stage by early Saturday afternoon, the Weather Service said.

At 14.0 feet, flooding occurs on the north side of River Street in Newport and the river walk behind Main Street in downtown Newport begins to take water in places, according to a Weather Service statement.

The Pigeon River was at 9.2 feet at 3 p.m. Friday and rising, the Weather Service said.

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