Thursday, July 16, 2009
Putnam River Rescue Team Called Out
Severe flooding was reported overnight in several local counties, including Putnam, Overton and Clay. In Cookeville, portions of Spring Street and Willow Avenue were reported to be under water just after midnight when a flash flood warning was first issued. In Livingston, a portion of Volunteer Drive collapsed and was swept away as a creek rose above the pavement. A couple who was in a car on that road was also reportedly swept downstream and had to cling to a tree for about three hours before another driver happened upon the scene and heard their cries for help. They were eventually rescued with help from members of the Putnam County River Rescue Squad and were taken to the hospital, but are expected to be OK. Livingston's police chief says the main issue today will be cleaning up the mess.