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NEW VIDEO: South Pittsburg cleans up after flooding

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SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN (WRCB) -

In Marion County, South Pittsburg residents are cleaning up while officials assess the damage from Wednesday night's flash flood.  

The flood waters left behind a trail of debris, brought down trees and moved cars out of their parking spots.

Joyce Burkhalter and Louise Powell sit on the board of directors for the downtown St. Like Medical Clinic. Their clinic was flooded and mud remains absorbed in the carpet.

"It's completely covered in mud. Looks like the water was three feet deep inside at one point," Burkhalter said.

"We're not gonna be able to clean and simply restore everything with water. We're gonna have to go down to the concrete and strip everything up," said Powell.

The clinic provides primary care to locals without insurance. Before treating anymore patients, they say repairs are a must.

"We're strictly funded by donations and we don't have money to do the repairs and we don't know what we're gonna do now. People have needs that we're not gonna meet now for sure," said Burkhalter.

Water seeped beneath the clinic's door Wednesday night. And outside it rushed through the streets. With sunrise came a clear idea of the damage: flooded cars washed down streets, debris, rocks and mud covering sidewalks and trees torn and scattered.

And that's just downtown.

"Water was up to here last night. At least up to here. I've never seen it like that in 31 years," Cecil Long points to his waistline as he describes to Channel-3 the flood depth.

Long watched as water pounded his home's front porch, washing away his concrete steps and flooding his car. And his once prized green lawn is now a dirty mud pit.

"Just heartbreaking you take care of something like that for so long, you wake up and it's gone. Just like that," he said.

Long knows the lawn and the car can be replaced. He and locals like Powell are just thankful their neighbors are safe.

"South Pittsburg will survive. We will jump back but right now we're in shock. We didn't expect this," Powell said.

On Interstate 24 westbound near mile marker 138 TDOT crews are working to clear a rockslide.  At this time TDOT has the far left lane blocked with equipment. Crews hope to have the lane and rockslide cleared by 11:00 a.m. CST.

Stay with Channel 3 and WRCBTV.com for the latest developments on this story.

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