Flash Flood WARNING issued for Cumberland, Putnam counties due to dam break

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(Photo via Randy Porter, Putnam Co. Mayor Facebook Page)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The National Weather Service in Nashville issued on Friday a Flash Flood WARNING in northwestern Cumberland County and southeastern Putnam County in Middle Tennessee due to a dam break near Monterey.

No injuries were reported, according to Putnam County officials.

The flash flooding warning, active until 11:45 a.m. CST Saturday, comes from a failure of an earthing dam.

According to WKRN, Putnam County dispatch reported the failure around 5:47 p.m. CST.

Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter gave an update on his social media account Friday.

Porter says at approximately 5:15 p.m., an earthen dam failed at a private 17-acre lake on Industrial Drive in Monterey.

Runoff downstream is the primary concern, Porter said, which could cause flash flooding of creeks and streams as the large amount of water could easily overflow their banks as well as washing roads out where water is running across or under them. That is the reason for the flash flood WARNING for Southeast Putnam County and Northeastern White County, Porter said.

At this time there are no injuries and emergency crews are keeping a close eye on it.

The video below is of the creek behind the campgrounds on Highway 70 that feeds into Calfkiller:

The flooding impact was expected for areas downstream near Verble Hollow to Perdue Farms, according to the NWS report.

Nearby residents are advised to move to higher ground immediately.

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