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Record Rainfall Dampens Christmas

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Grundy County may not have seen the predicted record temperature highs on Christmas day, but another, more damaging record, was set. Heavy storms pushed into the area, flooding the valley, and making some roads on the mountain impassable.

weather“This has been as strange a start to winter as I can ever recall,” says Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum.

Sheriff’s deputies, volunteer fire departments, and SVEC lineman celebrated their Christmas aiding motorists and repairing downed lines due to the storm.

“The increase of motorists through our area on Christmas Day was a huge concern. Within an 8-hour timespan, the sheriff’s office worked three crashes on Highway 50 alone. Two of those were within 30 minutes of each other. Pelham was the hardest hit, although the mountain was not completely spared.

“The volunteer fire departments were a great resource as usual, helping keep the roadways clear of debris. We certainly appreciate their commitment and dedication to this county,” stated Shrum.

The Chattanooga Airport saw 4.14 inches of rain, shattering the record of 2.01 set in 1973.