South Pittsburg hit hard by flash flooding

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Flash flooding has damaged buildings and vehicles in South Pittsburg, coating the city's quaint downtown with inches of mud.

Heavy rain Wednesday night triggered flooding down South Pittsburg Mountain. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported about 3.5 inches of rain fell in about 2 hours in the Marion County town.

Cedar Avenue, through downtown, was covered in mud up to 6 inches deep.

Officials said damage was widespread, including South Pittsburg Elementary School, City Hall, the police department, fire hall and the public water and gas building. Additionally, nearly every business along the main street was damaged as were dozens of homes.

Mayor Jane Dawkins said Thursday that there were a few rescues and three bridges were swept away. There was similar damage reported in nearby Jackson County, Ala.

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