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Harrison County Hit Hard By Downpours

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 Heavy rainfall from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning closed portions of roadways in Harrison County and flooded neighborhoods.

Four inches of rainfall in total, is what Lorna Bower, Harrison County EMA Director said she recorded. Bower also said there was some sporadic flooding throughout the county. Lawns were transformed into ponds along Lower Clearfork Road, the same incidents reported by residents who live along Upper Clearfork Road as well.

John McAfee lives along one flooded road and said the waters rose fast, "I've lived here seven years, I get up this morning at nine o'clock, the water down below me has got across the road and my yard was open, I went and picked my wife up and come back and next thing I know, I got four inches of water in my front yard," said McAfee.

Some people living along the flooded road decided to sit it out, others decided they would try to drive through high waters. Some were successful.

McAfee had to attend to an errand on Wednesday morning, but when he came back the waters had risen even higher, "This morning it was up twelve to fourteen inches, but now you almost have two foot coming up there in a couple spots, I did drag on some stuff on the road coming through, but I'm not going no where. I'm going to spend the rest of the day here and I hear there is more rain coming in, so I'm not going to stay close," McAfee said. Others weren't so lucky. The driver of one car decided to pass through high waters covering State Route 9, but didn't make it far and needed to be towed out.

Residents hoped the waters wouldn't get any higher, "I'm hoping it stops and don't come no higher," said McAfee.

Bower said there hadn't been any reported injuries due to the flash flooding and water were starting to subside in most places, Wednesday evening.
Residents were hoping water levels would go down before the next set of storms rolled through.

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