Torrential rains hit this area this past Sunday as the region received up to four inches of rain in approximately three hours. This caused flooding not only in Johnson County, but also neighboring Carter and Unicoi counties. The Tennessee Valley Authority has approximately 300 rain gauges placed around the state, including one that shows 13.67 inches of rain that has fallen in Laurel Bloomery in March, April and May of this year.
True to the unpredictable weather in Johnson County due to the many mountain ranges, parts of the county saw huge downpours of rain while other areas received very little precipitation.
According to several residents in the Forge Creek area, Sundays rainfall in the area was more precipitation they had ever seen in a one-period period as close to three inches fell in a short time. Abnormal amounts of rain have caused flooding throughout the region and have caused record breaking flooding in nearby Watauga Lake. More rain is expected Wednesday and Thursday as another front pushes through the region.