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South copes with flooding

BY SUSAN KIM | COOKEVILLE, TN | January 25, 2002

The south was cleaning

up Friday after a line of storms brought heavy rain and

high wind to parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi,

and Alabama.

Kentucky and Tennessee bore the brunt of the storms. A

tornado swept through western Kentucky in McLean County,

knocking down trees and power lines, shattering windows,

and overturning mobile homes. That region saw four

inches of rain.

In Tennessee, six inches of rain fell in the middle part

of the state in 36 hours. Flash floods caused scattered

evacuations in Lawrence, Lincoln, Warren, and Sevier

counties. The American Red Cross helped people find

temporary shelter.

In Cookeville (Putnam County), TN, two people were

killed when they were trying to unclog a drainage pipe.

Roadways and bridges throughout Tennessee took a beating

from the heavy rain, with more than a foot of water

closing down sections of interstates. Cumberland County

saw extensive road and bridge damage. Mudslides were

posing a hazard to drivers, and 14 roads were washed

out.

In Lawrence County, six bridges were damaged or

destroyed, and 39 roads were damaged or impassable. Two

water mains were also damaged.

In Rockwood, TN, the Little River was over its banks.

Many local churches reported they were ready to respond

to their communities' needs.


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