Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rain Causes Flooding, Derailment, Schools Closing

Periods of heavy rain Wednesday have caused problems all across Putnam County, including several flooded streets and one trail derailment. Police spokesperson Sheila Julian says a train carrying sand derailed due to the flooding on Fisk Road at the railroad tracks just north of 10th Street. She says the public should be advised that Fisk Road is blocked in both directions. The immediate area impacted will be the traffic flow to and from Cookeville High School when school lets out today, and authorities are advising people to find an alternative route. The school system, meanwhile, has announced that they are releasing kids from class at 1:30 this afternoon. Putnam County Sheriff David K. Andrews said a rescue team had to pull two women off the roof of their car after it was trapped in floodwaters northwest of Cookeville. Andrews said the team was still out late Wednesday morning checking on reports of people stranded as several roads have flooded due to standing water and overflowing storm drains. And the weather service said more heavy rains were expected all day long.