FLOODING: Team coverage of widespread flood damage in Northeast Tennessee

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    One emergency official in Hawkins County tells News 5 flood activity that crippled some portions of the locality haven't been seen in 30 to 40 years.

    The National Weather Service received numerous reports Thursday morning of area creeks hitting or rising above flood stage, resulting in high water rescue teams have to fish motorists out of submerged vehicles. That included a Hawkins County bus driver stuck in tire-deep waters on Spruce Pine Road outside of Rogersville. She was uninjured, according to officials.

    The excess rainfall also forced the Tennessee Valley Authority to open gates to help with bulging volumes at both Fort Patrick Henry and Boone Dam. TVA officials cautioned residents about high water levels existing throughout the afternoon and evening on the Holston River.

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