Flooding in southeast Tennessee kills 1, shelters opened

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A person has died and emergency shelters have been opened after heavy rains caused flooding in Tennessee.

Soddy-Daisy Police Capt. Jeff Gann tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the death was believed to be a drowning related to flooding on Wednesday. Soddy-Daisy is located about 17 miles (27 kilometers) north of Chattanooga.

Soddy-Daisy's police department warned residents on its Facebook page about swift water moving along roads and ditches.

Officials said multiple homes in Soddy-Daisy have been flooded and officials are evacuating residents.

Hamilton County Schools shut down Wednesday morning due to flooding. Officials said buses were running and parents were welcome to pick up children.

Hamilton County Schools spokesman Tim Hensley said more heavy rain and flooding is forecast later in the day. He said heavy flooding around schools, especially in northern parts of the county, is predicted.

The National Weather Service says a flash flood watch is in effect in the area through Thursday evening.