Update: Woman swept away by floodwaters in Marion County Friday identified

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UPDATE (Monday):

Authorities in Marion County have identified the victim as 34-year-old Meaghan Cadwell of Chattanooga.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help her family with funeral expenses.


Late in the morning, crews announced they had recovered the body of the woman.

"She was probably at least a mile downstream from where she went in the water," said Marion County EMA director Steve Lamb.

She remains unidentified pending family notification.

Lamb said the woman was camping with two other men when they tried to cross the creek.

"The water came up," Lamb said during a press conference.

"Apparently they spent the night in the cave or somewhere in that area and then they tried to come out early this morning."

Authorities held a news conference late Friday morning:

They said the woman was found about a mile away from where she lost her footing trying to cross the creek.

Hamilton County Stars says the rescue mission was challenging due to the woman’s body being on the opposite side of the creek. It was a four-person rescue mission.

They did a live-bait rescue, which allowed one rescuer to recover the body while tethered to a rope from land.

"You've got the water, the visibility of the water, you don't know what's under it, you've got debris floating down and then you've got entrapments that can snag you if you lose," said Hamilton County Stars Chief Clay Ingle.

The water moving so fast the real danger was hard to see from the surface.

"They probably did not realize what they were getting into in the dark," Ingle said.

"This was a flash flood type of situation."

Authorities stress for you to know the forecast before going out into potentially dangerous areas. Our StormTrack 9 team is forecasting more rain for the next two to four days, and authorities say you should avoid problem areas until later.

There's a warning as the water may get worse.

"We're begging you, please do not get in a swollen ditch, a creek, a river," Ingle said.

"Don't drive through something. If it's barricaded, turn around and don't drown."


A rescue operation is underway Friday morning for a woman authorities say was swept away by flash floodwaters overnight.

Authorities tell NewsChannel 9 the unidentified woman went missing near Cave Cove Road in South Pittsburg. Marion County EMA Director Steve Lamb says the woman and two men were camping, and tried crossing the creek. Floodwaters swept the woman away, but the two men are safe.

The Kimball Fire and Rescue Department and Marion County Sheriff's Department are on the scene right now.

We have a crew on the scene working to get more details.

Depend on us to bring you updates as we get them.

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