According to the latest rainfall totals of 7.2 inches of rain that fell in the Grundy County area last week, Pelham Fire Chief Billy Hill and Assistant Chief Travis Lawyer set up a command post at Bethel Church last Sunday, preparing to rescue possible flood victims in the Pelham area. EMA Director Steve Sabados was notified of the situation and Monteagle, Tracy City, and Beersheba Springs Fire and Rescue units were called in for mutual aid, all being trained in swift water rescue. CERT was on hand and helped with traffic and fed Emergency Workers.
The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office was also on the scene and after some discussion with Director Sabadas Highway 50 and the Payne’s Cove Road was closed due to water and debris making the road impassable. Highway 50 was opened after a couple of hours but the Payne’s Cove Road next to the Elk River remained closed overnight.
While checking the Elk River area, Tracy City Fire and Rescue came to the aid of a motorist in a small car that tried to cross the floodwater and was swept from the road. Due to the immediate action of the emergency workers no lives were lost. Emergency workers remind everyone to stay out of floodwater, especially water that is crossing roadways. Twelve inches of running water is capable of moving a vehicle. Turn Around , Don’t Drown! The people of the flood areas wish to express their gratitude for the efforts put forth on their behalf. Thanks to all volunteers who brought food for the emergency workers; it was greatly appreciated.