Bald Knob is among areas hit by flooding

State Journal Staff Report Published:

Heavy rains Saturday caused some flash flooding in the Franklin County area.

Franklin County Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Parrish said about 3 1/2 inches of rain fell in the Bald Knob area late Saturday afternoon resulting in flash flooding in the area.

High waters caused a propane gas tank to be ripped from a home and carried into the roadway along the 8700 block of Bald Knob Road. The road there was impassable because of the water over the road, and made it difficult for emergency workers to reach the area.

One emergency worker on the scene could be heard on the radio saying, "advise it's (propane tank) leaking gas in a low-lying area on a major highway (U.S. 421) and it appears the main valve on it is off and is leaking gas. The gas seems to be settling and not moving."

Homeowners weren't home and rescue workers had no idea how much propane was in the 500-gallon capacity tank, Parrish said.

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