The southeast was able to see relief with rain after months of dry weather and summer heat, but the rainfall came with a cost.
In northern Alabama, storms dumped between two and four inches of rain, leading to flooding and road closures. The same system spawned tornados and severe weather, killing five in Alabama and Tennessee.
According to the National Weather Service, streams are starting to crest. While the rain helped douse wildfires, there are concerns the water could bring other damages.
“We are experiencing some small mudslides and rockslides because there’s no longer that foliage that’s holding everything together,” said Greg Miller, chief of the Gatlinburg Fire Department. “We’re having to go back into areas that we thought were previously cleared and accessible and go through some of our same processes over again.”
Those in Tennessee are still trying to come to terms with the massive fires that swept through the Great Smokey Mountains this week, destroying more than 150 buildings and injuring close to 50 people.
The fire was the result of a worsening drought in that area of the U.S. The latest drought monitor shows nearly 55 percent of the southeast is experiencing some level of drought, with the worst pockets in Alabama and Georgia
Nearly two-thirds of Georgia is in extreme or exceptional drought.