Getting stream back into channel big job

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Washington County officials say reconstructing nearly three miles of a creek that left its streambed in a flood is going to be a big project.

Flash flooding on Aug. 5 followed heavy rain that swelled Dry Creek out of its banks and flooded homes and farms. Officials said four inches of rain fell in a short time.

County Mayor Dan Eldridge told the Johnson City Press the rechanneling project is expected to cost about $3 million. There are no banks on the lower 2 .5 miles of the creek to where it flows into the Nolichucky River.

While county officials work to tame the creek, homeowners in the area continue to clean up and repair after the flood.

The Small Business Administration has declared the county a disaster area, allowing low-interest loans.

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