Flooding In Tipton County Forces Fire Station Evacuation

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Tipton County was hit with flooding as a result of constant, driving rain.

The Brighton Fire Department is drying out after the tables were turned as several inches of water flooded their station forcing an evacuation.

“This one was one of the worst because not only did the fire station get affected and if that gets affected, we can’t help people,” said Tipton County Fire Chief, Jon Piercey.

Chief Piercey said Brighton fire fighters spent the day doing their job by helping others, while trying to help themselves.

About 8 to 10 inches of flood wagers forced the first responders out of their firehouse for about 6 hours.

“Luckily it wasn’t as high as it has been in the past and we were able to get everybody together and cleanup the station and get them back to service so that they can respond later on,” said Piercey.

Even still, they managed to check on low lying areas around the swollen Hatchel River.

Chief Piercy says no homes were threatened by high river waters in Brighton, but other parts of Tipton County saw worse flooding.

In Atoka, Lucado Rd. was washed out and closed to the public as a result.

The brick entrance to home on Kearns Circle was barely visible because of flood water that rose just below the windows.

Chief Pierce says they were prepared for something like this.

“In this case we had boats and everything on standby, but fortunately we didn’t have to go rescue anybody this time.”

Highway 51 in Tipton is reopened after being shut down for flash flooding.

Brighton fire fighters are back in the station and ready to help in case of emergencies.

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