Oak Ridge received more than 6.3 inches of rain during the storms this past weekend, officials said.
That amount of rain made the ground extremely soggy and caused large trees to start falling all across the area, the city said. Several homes and cars were damaged, and there were reports of power outages.
Power was nearly 100 percent restored, but the cleanup was still under way Monday afternoon.
“We want to say a big thank you to all our crews (utilities, police, fire, public works, and others) working long hours in harsh conditions over the weekend while responding to power outages and downed trees,” the city said.
The Tennessee Valley Authority said the heaviest rainfall over the weekend was over the Normandy, Great Falls, Norris, Watts Bar, and Chickamauga watersheds.
Rainfall totals of 4-6 inches were common across the northern half of the Valley, and 2-4 inches were common on the southern half, TVA said.
The three-day precipitation total for Oak Ridge was 6.36 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Morristown. The heavy rainfall helped push some areas, including Oak Ridge, over 20 inches of rainfall since January 1, the NWS said.
See Oak Ridge Today’s coverage of the storms on Saturday here.
See Oak Ridge Today’s coverage of the storms on Sunday here.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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