Knoxville Rescue Squad called 47 times in 48 hours during flooding

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The Knoxville Rescue Squad (KVRS) answering an unprecedented 47 calls during a 48 hour period over the weekend.

This happened as floodwaters rose in Knox County last Saturday. Some of the calls were for flooding evacuations from homes around flooded neighborhoods. The other calls were more technical where the squad had to employ some more advanced techniques.

Deputy Chief John Whited with KVRS says the floodwaters were astonishing.

“It was eye-opening for a lot of people that we had that type of flooding. To have that type of catastrophic flooding in Knox County is unusual. It doesn’t happen very often but we were prepared. We had the resoucrces necessary to provide and 47 calls in that short of time is pretty amazing we were able to handle it,” he said.

Part of that level of need came from people who drove into standing water, sometimes even going around barricades. 

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