Flooding forces campsite to tow RVs - WKRN News 2

Flooding forces campsite to tow RVs

Posted: Updated: Oct 1, 2012 10:25 PM
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Heavy rains on Monday evening left more than a dozen campers in Lebanon scrambling to save their motor homes.

Timberline Resort on Murfreesboro Road near Interstate 40 was flooded after water spilled out of Sinking Creek and into the campgrounds.

Jonathan Witt and Katie Vanoeffelen, of Michigan, were in town for work. They were not at the site when the water began rising, but their truck and recreational vehicle were parked within a few yards of creek bank in Lot 6.

"We got a phone call that said 'The camper's going to get flooded. You need to get here immediately,'" Vanoeffelen said.

Within minutes, Vanoeffelen and Witt arrived back at the campsite, but the water was rising quickly.

"When we got here, water just started to get on the rear jacks of the RV," Witt said. "By the time I was done, my trailer is three [to] three-and-a-half feet plus my truck and the water was already up to the running boards of my truck which in on the uphill side."

When the water receded, debris was clumped on any items left behind by quickly moving campers, including picnic tables, grills, coolers and bicycles.

As many as 15 recreational vehicles were moved to higher ground within two hours, some of them towed.

The extent of the damage to the property or vehicles is unknown.

Workers at Timberline Resort told Nashville's News 2 the campgrounds have not flooded to the same capacity since May 2010.

Following the rain, the National Weather Service issued flash flood advisories for Rutherford, Wilson and Trousdale counties until Midnight.

Authorities in Wilson County told Nashville's News 2 College Street and the entrance ramp to Interstate 40 at the Watertown exit are closed due to flooding.

In Smith County, downed trees were across the roadway near the Grant Community.

No injuries were reported.

Earlier in the day the National Weather Service issued tornado watches for several Middle Tennessee counties including Bedford, Rutherford and Maury among others.

All of the warnings have since expired.

Scattered showers are expected to continue into Monday night with occasional light rain possible on Tuesday.

Tuesday temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60s.

Check the latest forecast and radar conditions at WKRN.com/Weather.

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