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Heavy rainfall causes Little Duck River to rise throughout Coffee County, closes roads

Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 8:58 am

Water levels of the Little Duck River have risen to flood Rotary Park and cover McGuire Street. Pictured is the entrance to Rotary Park. (staff photo by Josh Peterson)

Heavy rains over the past two days have led to flooding in several areas of Coffee County.

Many rural roads have water flowing over the top, including Parker Road, Duncan Road and Goose Pond Road, as of Thursday morning at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Roads closed Thursday by the Coffee County Highway Dept. were Lumley Stand, West Riddle, Keasling, Gowen, Clancy, Hickory Grove and Parker roads.

Still closed as of 4 p.m. were Sherrill and Rutledge Ford roads.

High Water signs were on the following roads: Rock, Rutledge Hill, Goosepond, Pocahontas, Belmont, Blue Springs, New Bushy Branch, Riddle, Stephenson, Lumley Stand, J.D. Neil, Crouch Summittville and Betsy Willis roads.

Manchester Public Works Department closed city streets, Skinner Flat Road, Ester Lane, Forrestwood Drive, Expressway Drive at Oak Hollow and Hillwood Circle. High water signs were placed at Doak, Shelton and Ragsdale roads.

The Coffee County Rescue Squad was paged to a water rescue at 7:16 a.m. on Lumley Stand Road Thursday morning to a van stranded. According to Neal Simmons with the Rescue Squad, occupants of the vehicle were safely out when the Rescue Squad arrived.

According to the National Weather Service as of 8:50 a.m. Thursday, the Duck River in Manchester is classified as “near flood stage.” According to the NWS measurements, the river was at 12.45 feet as of 8 a.m. Thursday. But that number  increased as of 11 a.m., with the last measurement at 13.33 feet as of 11 a.m.

However, the water did begin to recede slightly Thursday afternoon, with levels falling to 12.91 feet as of 1 p.m.

For reference, the river was at 2 feet as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28.

The record crest for the river is 20.95ft on May 27 of 1973. More recently, the river hit 14 feet on May 6, 2003.

More information will be posted here as it is available.

This home on McGuire Street in Manchester is surrounded by water from the overflow of the Duck River. As of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, water was not inside the home. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)