The National Park Service evacuated Elkmont Campground in Sevier County, Tenn., along Little River Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park early Thursday (June 28) as a precaution following several days of rain and storms, according to WBIR.

Campers were allowed back into the campground a couple of hours later; however, some roads around Metcalf Bottoms remain closed due to downed trees.

Localized flooding hit the park, causing the Little River to swell near the campground. Little River Road, Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, Upper Tremont Road and Wear Cove Gap Road are all temporarily closed until flood waters recede.

Elkmont Campground has some 220 tent and RV campsites, but it is unsure how many people were ordered to leave, 196 of the campsites at Elkmont were reserved last night.

The park said no hikers were in distress and the evacuated campers were sent to the Sugarlands Visitor Center.

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