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Heavy rains soak Bedford County

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Water was seemingly everywhere Monday as three waves of heavy rain soaked Bedford County.  

Flooding was occurring Monday in Shelbyville, with all eyes on Duck River at Fisherman’s Park and the possibility the city floodgate would be raised.  

The National Weather Service had forecast Duck River to peak at 29.5 feet, well above the 25-foot flood stage, Monday night. But that forecast was issued before additional rains moved into the area Monday morning.  

At 29 feet, water reaches the access road at St. William of Montevergine Catholic Church on South Brittain Street, property near Tyson Foods on West Jackson Street and buildings along the east side of South Cannon Boulevard. West Jackson Street was closed due to high water Monday morning.  

The first wave of storms took its main toll in a valley on Carr Creek Road at mid-afternoon Saturday. A flash flood led to a torrent pouring down one particular area, washing away property and vehicles at a home at 555 Carr Creek Road. Cars were stranded in high water on Carr Creek Road and nearby Rowesville Road. No injuries were reported.  

Continuous heavy rain county-wide Sunday, added to Saturday’s storms, led to Duck River reaching flood state.  

The river also rose due to water being released at Normandy Dam, according to the Tennessee Valley Authority.  

Low-lying areas of College Street and Front Street in Normandy were flooded, as well as Dement Bridge north of Normandy and the Three Forks Bridge area near Wartrace.  

Street flooding was occurring at mid-morning Monday in Shelbyville due to an hour-long heavy rain that tapered off before noon. 

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