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Water, water everywhere....

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Heavy rains swelled the Tellico River to twice its normal size this week.
Published: 9:44 AM, 01/16/2013

Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

After a weekend of record warmth in the 70s, flooding rains set in Sunday night, forcing schools to close Tuesday and Wednesday, and causing some roads to be closed as well.

Road and school officials began checking roads Monday, as 4 to 5 inches of rain had fallen in many locations since Sunday night.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Monroe County E-911 Center reported road closures due to high water at Fairview Road at the bridge, Gay Lee Lane and Randolph Ridley Road at the Burdett Road intersection. Also, dispatchers reported water was over the pavement on Murray's Chapel Road just outside Sweetwater in Loudon County.

Road conditions changed quickly with some roads getting better and many getting worse as the rain came and went.

Because the conditions change so quickly, authorities always advise motorist not to drive into waters of unknown depth. "Turn around, don't drown," is the common advice from police and weather officials.

According to 911 dispatchers, some trees fell from the heavy rain as well.

The rain was lighter Tuesday and was expected to end Wednesday with a little light snow possible Thursday.

Clear and cold weather is expected for the weekend.

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