Pulaski County officials have lifted the evacuation notice.
Also, the emergency shelter at Pulaski High School has been closed.
In the meantime, drivers are asked to use caution because a few roads still have high water.
Here is the news release:
Emergency Management officials have lifted the evacuation notice as flood waters have receded to a safe level. The emergency shelter at Pulaski County High School is being closed as no citizens used the shelter last night.
Motorists are urged to use caution on the roads as they may be slick due to snow and ice and a few roads still have high water areas.
The county is sending out damage assessment teams today to the wind storm affected neighborhoods and flooded communities to determine the scope and value of damages to homes and property. Citizens can self report damages by calling 994-2602.
5 p.m. update from Pulaski County Emergency Management: The flood waters from the New River have crested and are now beginning to recede. However, the evacuation notice stands as it is still dangerous to return to these areas which may be under water and impassable by vehicles. Many roads will also become dangerous this evening as temperatures drop causing slick, icy areas and debris from the flooded roads will remain. Citizens are asked to call 994-2602 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm for non-emergency information and to report property damage. Callers can leave a message after hours and the call will be returned.
Up and down the New River, people who live along the river's edge are being told to evacuate.
A shelter has been set up at Pulaski High School.
The gym inside the high school has plenty of sleeping cots and they'll be serving hot food.
But the first concern is getting people away from the river.
It is huge, wide, and overflowing. The New River, swollen after so much snow and rain, has nowhere else to go but into people's homes, their land and into their lives.
In the Hiwassee area of Pulaski County is where we found Fire Chief Quack Boyd. He has gotten very little sleep over the past few weeks. Between snow, rain and now an angry river, Boyd is trying to get people to leave before it's too late.
There's only one way in and out of Hiwasee, and a good chunk of that road is under water. Charlotte Stanley was rescued by neighbors. Her home is now surrounded by the New River. She said the water was about eight feet high.