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Flooding, rain closes Washington County school system

Flooding this week and last week, including that at Crockett, caused school closing and schedule changes. (Photos by Cheri Wolfe)


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This time of year it’s typically snow that impacts the operation of Washington County Schools. But last week, it was heavy rain and flooding that kept county students at home.

School was dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday and on Friday, Washington County Schools were closed due to “hazardous roadways.” 

“I was on the road coming from Nashville and the staff looked at the weather, looked at the timing and said the best window to close schools was about four hours early,” Washington County Director of Schools Bill Flanary said on Thursday, just before canceling school on Friday. “That would get us home before it starts back again. 

Rain at Crockett caused high waters in the nearby creek.

“I just came through Limestone and the water is higher than I’ve ever seen it. And I’ve lived in Limestone since 1997. I just can’t see us having school.”

Flanary said he was specifically concerned about areas such as Fall Branch, South Central and David Crockett High School.

“It makes me very worried about low-lying areas in Fall Branch and South Central,” Flanary said. “South Central sits up pretty high but a lot of the kids who go to South Central live right on that