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Flooding in Downtown Pulaski

Heavy rain caused flooding across much of the Town of Pulaski Wednesday evening, temporarily closing a number of roads, downing trees, and leaving some businesses with damage or cleanup.
Greg Ridpath, who owns several buildings in the vicinity of the Fourth Street and Washington Avenue intersection, said the most significant damage in his buildings, possibly a couple thousand dollars, was in Valley Physical Therapy. He noted new carpeting most likely will be needed in that unit.
Over at the American Legion #7 building, Sonny Vaughn said he and other legion members worked until about 10:30 p.m. sweeping the muddy water out of the building. He returned at 7:30 a.m. Thursday to finish the task.
Vaughn estimated the water was about six inches deep at the door and extended into the structure about 12 to 14 feet.
Both Ridpath and Vaughn said storm drains in that area were overwhelmed by the heavy downpour, causing a large amount of water to back up in the streets and, subsequently, some buildings.
An electronic rain gauge in Northwest Pulaski recorded 1.1 inches of rain in about half an hour as the storm passed through between about 6:30 and 7 p.m.
A number of roads, including sections of Commerce and Washington streets and Dora Highway, were blocked off either due to high water or trees downed by the high winds and saturated ground.
Vaughn said attempts by legion members to push the flood water out of the building as it poured in were compounded by large vehicles allowed to pass through the blocked off streets and “making waves.”
Chip Hutchinson, Town of Pulaski fire marshal, said more than a dozen reports of downed trees were received during the storm. Many were on Dora Highway.
Public safety officials and Pulaski Police Department were able to clear some of the smaller trees to get roads back open.
Penny-sized hail was reported in the southern part of the town during the brunt of the storm.
The storm also delayed attempts to remove a wrecked vehicle that was lodged between a pole, a culvert and the curb off South Washington Avenue.
The wreck occurred around 5 p.m., but the vehicle was still lodged between the objects just after 7 p.m. Hutchinson said it is his understanding it took another hour or two beyond that point to remove the vehicle.
Hutchinson said a Pulaski Fire Department member reported that floodwater was over the hood of the wrecked vehicle as it raced through the culvert during the worst of the storm.

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Flooding in Downtown Pulaski

Heavy rain caused flooding across much of the Town of Pulaski Wednesday evening, temporarily closing a number of roads, downing trees, and leaving some businesses with damage or cleanup.
Greg Ridpath, who owns several buildings in the vicinity of the Fourth Street and Washington Avenue intersection, said the most significant damage in his buildings, possibly a couple thousand dollars, was in Valley Physical Therapy. He noted new carpeting most likely will be needed in that unit.
Over at the American Legion #7 building, Sonny Vaughn said he and other legion members worked until about 10:30 p.m. sweeping the muddy water out of the building. He returned at 7:30 a.m. Thursday to finish the task.
Vaughn estimated the water was about six inches deep at the door and extended into the structure about 12 to 14 feet.
Both Ridpath and Vaughn said storm drains in that area were overwhelmed by the heavy downpour, causing a large amount of water to back up in the streets and, subsequently, some buildings.
An electronic rain gauge in Northwest Pulaski recorded 1.1 inches of rain in about half an hour as the storm passed through between about 6:30 and 7 p.m.
A number of roads, including sections of Commerce and Washington streets and Dora Highway, were blocked off either due to high water or trees downed by the high winds and saturated ground.
Vaughn said attempts by legion members to push the flood water out of the building as it poured in were compounded by large vehicles allowed to pass through the blocked off streets and “making waves.”
Chip Hutchinson, Town of Pulaski fire marshal, said more than a dozen reports of downed trees were received during the storm. Many were on Dora Highway.
Public safety officials and Pulaski Police Department were able to clear some of the smaller trees to get roads back open.
Penny-sized hail was reported in the southern part of the town during the brunt of the storm.
The storm also delayed attempts to remove a wrecked vehicle that was lodged between a pole, a culvert and the curb off South Washington Avenue.
The wreck occurred around 5 p.m., but the vehicle was still lodged between the objects just after 7 p.m. Hutchinson said it is his understanding it took another hour or two beyond that point to remove the vehicle.
Hutchinson said a Pulaski Fire Department member reported that floodwater was over the hood of the wrecked vehicle as it raced through the culvert during the worst of the storm.

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