published Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Downtown South Pittsburg shut down as officials focus on cleaning up after storm

Chief Dale Winters oversees the towing of stranded vehicles from the middle of Cedar Avenue after a flash flood inundated the downtown South Pittsburg area.
Chief Dale Winters oversees the towing of stranded vehicles from the middle of Cedar Avenue after a flash flood inundated the downtown South Pittsburg area.
Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Much of downtown South Pittsburg, Tenn., including key highway Cedar Avenue, was closed down this morning as city and business officials focused on cleaning up in the wake of heavy rains and flooding Wednesday night.

A layer of mud covered much of the downtown area and some buildings showed watermarks two feet high.

South Pittsburg Police Chief Dale Winters spent time overseeing the towing away of flooded out cars downtown.

He said the city lost three patrol cars to flooding and City Hall as well as many businesses had sustained damage.

Officials said two people had received minor injuries but had been treated and released from an area hospital.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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