Heavy Rains Cause Damage, Tense Hours

Jul 8, 2013

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The weekend’s heavy rains caused some damage and a few tense hours in Middle and East Tennessee.

Blount County firefighters and a swift-water rescue team were called out Saturday to assist 11 people stranded in the rain swollen Little River. A group tubing down the river were caught by surprise by fast rising waters. It took a couple of hours to get them all safely ashore.

On Sunday, Murfreesboro officials say two young boys were rescued from the Stones River when they were nearly pulled over the Manson Pike Dam by an unusually strong flow.

Continuous heavy rain is blamed for the collapse of a 5000 square foot section of the roof at the Jefferson County High School vocational building.

And finally, three Norfolk Southern locomotives and a rail car came off the tracks Sunday in west Knoxville after striking a tree that fell onto the rails.