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Heavy rains cause traffic issues in Jackson County

Weather conditions are causing traffic trouble in Jackson county as several wrecks and a submerged car have been reported

Posted: Dec 28, 2018 9:13 AM
Updated: Dec 28, 2018 5:54 PM

Highway 117 is now back open after a mudslide caused traffic trouble in Jackson County. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says the mudslide resulted in road closures off the highway near Stevenson and Flat Rock. The mudslide was halfway between Stevenson and Flat Rock. 

A vehicle was also submerged in a creek near County Road 119 and Highway 30 according to the sheriff's office. The vehicle lost control and ran off the roadway, but the driver is okay and was able to escape. The driver's husband told WAAY31 she was driving to work around 6am Friday morning when the water swept her car into flood waters off the road. 

"The swift water is something that can take you away," said rescue diver, Ryan Hall. Hall was there Friday along with others to remove the submerged car out of the water. Hall was attached to the tow truck with a rope. He told WAAY31 that was one of the only things keeping him from being swept away by the water. 

One firefighter on scene, Jereme Labb, told WAAY31 he's seen around 10 cars submerged in water in his 5 years on the job. 

"When it rains it takes about 10 minutes before the road starts flooding over, if its a good, hard rain," said Labb. 

Crews arrived to remove the car around 10:45 and the road was re-opened by noon. 

Several other wrecks have been reported in Jackson this morning, but the sheriff's office says they are mostly minor.

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