Sevier Co. EMA establishes shelter, warns people to seek higher ground after campground flooding

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) – On Tuesday night, multiple agencies responded to several water rescues at the Greenbrier Campground in Gatlinburg, according to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office.

A temporary evacuation shelter has been opened at the Pittman Center Elementary School. Sevier County Emergency Management Agency warned people that roads and low spots in the area will remain under water for several more hours.

Sevier County officials told WVLT News that water was rising on Pittman Center Road, prompting the Sevier County Emergency Management Agency to warn folks near the Greenbrier Island area to seek high ground immediately.

“Due to rapidly rising water with recent heavy thunderstorms in the middle prong of the Little Pigeon River near Pittman Center in southern Sevier County, folks near the Greenbrier Island area and anyone downstream may need to seek higher ground immediately. Do not attempt to drive over water-covered roads,” Sevier County EMA stated.

All three cities have agencies at the scene. Pigeon Forge Fire Department, Gatlingburg Fire Department, Sevier County Rescue Squad and more agencies have shown up to help those stranded.

There are no reports on injuries or the number of people stranded at this time, SCSO officials said.

WVLT News is working on learning additional information.

This is a developing story.

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