Sullivan County

Flooded road strands residents

BLUFF CITY, Tenn. - Residents on Barnette Hollow in Sullivan County are relieved to see fire crews pumping the water from a flooded road.

Heavy rain and snow caused the flooding, leaving dozens of people stranded.
Now the local volunteer fire department is helping out.
"They've really been on an island. It's been unfortunate, but the good news is that today we're able to see the volunteer fire department come out and make a big difference," says State Representative Timothy Hill.

Crews have been pumping out 14-thousand gallons of water per minute to try to get the water cleared out.
Twelve families are on the other side of the water unable to leave.
"They've run A-T-V's in from the other side to bring them some supplies in. They hadn't been able to get out to go to work and then when the snow hit and it froze, they lost all their power too," says volunteer Bobby Richards.

Resident Bobby Barnett says he's never seen it flood this bad.
"I've lived here all my life- it's the worst I've ever seen it. I've seen it flood before, but this is so much it can't take it. Somethings gonna have to be done about that hole right there," says Barnett.

But until then, residents are just hoping crews can get the water cleared out quickly.

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