Hardin County Fire Department rescues 11 from flash flood

MARCH 1 – Hardin County rescue personnel saved 11 people from rapidly rising flash flood waters before sunrise today.

They retrieved nine, including six children and three adults at one home and one person at another. One more person was trying to make it out of the flash flood area near the confluence of Indian Creek and Smith Fork Creek on foot, said Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin.

“They were lucky – if this had been like the flood in 2010, they and the structures they were living in would have been swept away,” he said.

At the location with nine people, Martin said the flood waters had risen about a foot into the home before the Swift Water Rescue Team arrived by boat.

Martin said the heavy rains over the last several days, including last night’s torrential downpour, caused the creeks to swiftly rise 2-3 feet.


Pickwick State Park seeks volunteers for privet pull

FEB. 23 – Tennessee State Parks and community partners are seeking volunteers for Weed Wrangle – a nationwide effort to fight invasive plant species in public parks – on Saturday, March 3. 

“Our intent as stewards of Tennessee’s natural environment is to protect native vegetation and the role it plays in Tennessee’s ecosystem by removing invasive plants from Tennessee State Park land,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. 

Supervised by state and community experts in invasive weed management, volunteers will conduct hands-on removal of trees, vines and flowering plants while also learning tactics to take action in their own green spaces to stem the spread of invasive species. Tennessee’s event is in conjunction with The Garden Club of Nashville and Invasive Plant Control, Inc. 

Volunteers are needed in 33 state parks and two state natural areas across West, Middle and East Tennessee.

A privet pull is planned at Pickwick Landing State Park from 2-5 p.m. It’s a moderate workout and an environmental stewardship project all in one.


TVA says it's working to minimize flood

FEB. 14 – Another February, another Tennessee River flood in Hardin County.

Though the worst has passed for now, waters will continue to rise in some places, according to the Tennessee Valley Authority. 

“Looking forward, we’re expecting another inch or so over the next 3-4 days to fall on the river system, and beyond that looks a little wetter still,” said James Everett, manager of TVA River Forecasting Center Operations Support on Tuesday morning.

As of Tuesday about noon, levels at Savannah reached between 372 and 373 feet above sea level, which exceeded the National Weather Service Flood Stage of 370 feet, and were expected to continue to rise for the next day or so. 

The flooding has closed two main Hardin County roads, according to Steve Cromwell, assistant road supervisor of the Hardin County Highway Department.

Coffee Landing Road and the various splinter roads in the river bottom area have closed due to flooding, as has Federal Road in the Shiloh community.

“There are some other back roads here and there in bottoms as well, but those are two main thoroughfares people will be concerned with,” Cromwell said.

He added that Coffee Landing Road will remain closed until river levels lower to 370 feet, and Federal Road will remain closed until levels reach about 371 feet.


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