Tenn. flash floods in Tri-Cities, more rain ahead

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Two emergency shelters remain open in the Tri-Cities area in northeast Tennessee where slow-moving storms dumped heavy rain, triggering flash flooding.

WTFM radio reported shelters were still open at schools in Unicoi and Jonesborough early Monday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jessica Winton told the Johnson City Press a large area of rain poured three to four inches in an hour's time across much of Tennessee's northeast corner Sunday afternoon -- up to six inches by Sunday night.

No deaths or injuries have been reported, but at least 10 people were rescued by boat in Johnson City.

City police Lt. Gerald Harwell said officers were occasionally up to their gun belts in water while rescuing people.

A flood watch covered more than a dozen counties through Monday evening.


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