Water heater plant in Johnson City again operating

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- A water heater plant in Johnson City is up and running after flash flooding got into the building.

According to the Johnson City Press, the plant was only down for three days after the Aug. 5 rainstorms.

O. A. Smith operations director Andy Demski said the 470,000-square-foot plant was flooded from one end to the other. Security officers were at the plant when the weekend storms moved in and they quickly alerted management to the rising water.

Demski said the shipping warehouse was hardest hit, with up to 18 inches of water inside. Assembly lines were also flooded. He credited employees with working hard to get the plant operating again quickly.

Demski said a lot of finished products and motors were damaged by the floodwater.

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