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County spared any major flood issues

Erwin Record Photo by Richard Rourk • Recent heavy rainfall helped raise the Nolichucky River in Chestoa, but the county didn’t experience any major flooding issues.

From Staff Reports

Rainwater helped swell the Nolichucky River at Chestoa on Thursday, Feb. 24, but thankfully most of Unicoi County was spared any flooding.

“We’ve not had any flooding issues,” Unicoi County Emergency Management Director Jimmy Erwin told The Erwin Record. “All the branches and ditches have handled what water we’ve gotten.”

Erwin said that Terry Haynes and the Highway Department’s work on all the bridges on the South Indian has prevented a lot of flooding.

“Just keeping the trees away from the bridges really has helped,” Erwin said.

According to the hydrography on, the Nolichucky River reached a peak of 5.02 feet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24 during this recent storm front.