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Mountains and foothills see flooding on Christmas Eve

(Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV) (Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)

Steady rain overnight with pockets of thunderstorms dumped several inches over the mountains and foothills, causing creeks and rivers to rise, some of them out of their banks.

The Johns River in the Collettesville area had risen enough by lunchtime to cover low water bridges and block a section of Johns River Road.

"It's still coming up," said Ron Vance. He was trying to get home before his path was blocked. "In another hour or so you won't be able to get through here."

A couple of roads were closed but most were passable in the area.

Rescue crews rode through areas that normally see flooding to be sure everyone was safe and roads were not covered. Officials plan to monitor the situation throughout the night.

Even as the rainfall slacked off, they still had concerns because runoff from the mountains can sometimes take hours to reach the Collettesville area and river levels could keep rising until then. 

Residents are urged to pay attention to any warnings and not to venture out unless they have to. 

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