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Lawrence County authorities keep close eye on weather after drownings

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Tenn. - Emergency responders across the Mid-State are keeping a watchful eye on the weather, especially in Lawrence County where two people drowned in the past week.

Nine-year-old Zacharie Nielson was playing near Knob Creek in Lawrenceburg when a current swept him away Saturday evening.

Rescue crews found him several hours later caught in a tile under a bridge where he was pronounced dead. He was laid to rest Tuesday.

A few days earlier, Gerald Barr, 72, was killed while trying to cross a high flooded area in his vehicle in Summertown, approximately 20 miles north of Lawrenceburg last Thursday.

Lawrence County swift water rescue team, which consists of Lawrenceburg, New Prospect and Ethredge cities, were back out training just two days after they recovered Nielson.

"You always have to train you don't know when those incidents are going to happen or what type of incidents they are," said Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Jay Moore.

With water levels in area creek beds higher than usually due to the heavy rain in recent days and even more forecasted this week, officials told News 2 they are ready at a moment’s notice to try to prevent another drowning tragedy from happening again.

"We got our equipment here at the station which is not normally stationed at this fire station. We have it here ready here on a seconds notice to respond wherever we need to," said Moore.

"We got our equipment here at the station which is not normally stationed at this fire station. We have it here ready here on a seconds notice to respond wherever we need to," said Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Jay Moore.

Chief Moore said so far this is probably one of the deadliest Junes as far as flooding is concerned in Lawrence County in years.

Back in the summer of 1998, two people lost their lives in the 500-year flood.


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