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Whiteville residents stranded by flood waters

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Whiteville, Tenn. -

Three days of rain left some Whiteville, Tennessee, residents trapped because flooding caused part of their street to be washed away.

"Probably two or three 10-foot sections of roadway actually peeled off and washed out into the field," says Whiteville Police Chief Steven Stanley, "The thing about Murphy Lane is it's a dead end street."

It meant families were stranded with no way to cross the rushing waters.

"It's moving so swiftly and the roadway has washed away in an area that appears to be level, but there's a four or five foot drop off inside that rapidly moving water," says Stanley, "If there were to be an emergency, we would have to go in and use our contingency plan to get them out either by boat or by air."

Hardeman County Highways Superintendent David Sipes says this is not the first time this area of Murphy Lane flooded like this. He says it's been a problem for four years.

He says this year, they finally received a grant to help with the $400,000 repairs.

"The contractor's going to raise…. Put in a new bridge, raise it up four foot and build this road we're standing on up four foot, and that should help with the problem," says Sipes.

Stanley says the waters could take up to 48 hours to recede. After that, Sipes says they will examine where the weak points are on that portion of Murphy Lane in order to make the proper repairs.

Hardeman County Schools closed on Monday because of the heavy flooding.

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