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First responders paddle through water in Walton

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Many first responders in Roane County spent Thursday rescuing people trapped in the elements and paddling flood victims to safety.

13 News captured firefighters from Walton Volunteer Fire Department rescue a man from his home, using brooms as paddles.

They said they've identified six different areas in town where high water has stranded people.

"If you're not affected, stay home," said John Kelley, with the Walton Volunteer Fire Department. "Within a day or two, this is going to go down, but don't drive out to see what it's like because then you'll become part of the problem."

Kelley said most of the water rose several inches in less than thirty minutes.

Joyce Shafer took her chances and tried driving to work to Clendenin.

"I just drove over sightseeing," said Shafer, of Walton. "I don't know what to think, just gotta prepare the best you can. "

Some people arrived to work, only to get stranded.

"I have not seen this for many years," said Tara McKown, of Walton. "I came in to go to work and we went outside and it was black as midnight. "I talked to a lot of people and they say they've never seen it this way."

McKown said her family at home is left without electricity.  First responders are urging people to stay at home and wait out the water.

Kelley said his crew was prepared for Thursday's action.  In 2005, the department rescued several people stranded at and near the post office in Walton.