The only other road between Hiwassee and Alisonia, the small community next door, is an old railroad track, covered with coal ash.
The makeshift path crews are using to rescue people is now made worse. Sightseers are driving on it, tearing up an already rough road.
Neighbors in these parts are moving what they can to higher ground. We saw one horse surrounded by water; the owner says he has a plan.
"When it comes up 2 more feet, then I'll probably be gone,” David Williams of Alisonia said. “Just for the animals. If it weren't for the animals, we wouldn't even leave."
An emergency shelter has been opened at Pulaski High School.
Here is the news release:The American Red Cross, in coordination with Pulaski Emergency Management, has opened a shelter at Pulaski High School due to the threat of flooding. Anyone feeling unsafe is encouraged to come to the shelter for a safe place to stay.
The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to a Red Cross emergency shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family: prescription and emergency medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items. It’s also important not to forget, special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, and other items for family members who have unique needs.
Pulaski County officials have declared a state of emergency and ordered the evacuation of several areas.
Here is the complete announcement:
Due to the high flood waters Pulaski County has declared a state of local emergency. Based on the
current and anticipated flooding in low lying areas, the county is issuing a mandatory evacuation for the following communities: Parrott, Belspring, Hiwassee, Delton, and Allisonia. Those residents who are in danger of flooding by the New River should plan to evacuate immediately. A reverse 911 call has been issued to these communities to advise citizens and law enforcement and fire department personnel are also canvassing these neighborhoods.
Pulaski County is establishing a shelter at the Pulaski County High School and is in process of being staffed. It will open later today and details will be forthcoming.
Citizens can call 911 in case of emergency but are asked to 994-2602 for non-emergency information.