CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Another day of heavy thunderstorms in the Tennessee Valley added flash flooding to the mix.
Once again, McMinn County saw the worst of it.
South of Athens, more than 3 inches of rain fell today.
The city had to close several streets due to flash flooding.
Emergency Management reported at least three cars trapped in Riceville flooding at the railroad bridge on Hwy 39.
Chief Meteorologist Patrick Core says McMinn County has gotten more than 7 inches of rain over the last three days.
Thursday’s noon time storms also tracked through downtown Chattanooga, to Lookout Mountain and into Walker County, just like last night.
They left more street flooding across the city.
Several cars flooded out on 20th Street in front of Mountain View Ford (see video above).
We saw an ambulance on an emergency run have to detour the flooding, but other vehicles rode through it. Some didn’t make it.
And a family in an SUV got caught in a low spot on St. Elmo Avenue & 33rd Street, a block of Broad.
They had to wade out in waste deep waters.
More trees came down in East Ridge knocking out more power.
Downed trees also blocked Highway 127 at the foot of Signal Mountain on the Sequatchie side.
The road was blocked for about an hour while crews cleared it.
And Sequatchie firefighters battled a blaze on Fredonia Mountain at a storage shed.
They believe it was caused by lightning.
On the power front today, the hardest hit areas were McMinn County (700 customers) and Polk County (360).
Here is a precipitation map that Patrick Core put together for us.
The reddish and yellow areas on the map got the most rain today, including Athens, Benton, Pikeville and Sand Mountain in Alabama.