Heavy rains close roadways, schools in East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Heavy rains throughout Tennessee have caused numerous accidents, delays and some flooding in case of East Tennessee. Popular destinations and some school districts have closed under threat of dangerous flash floods. 

A portion of Tooles Bend Road between Badgett Road and Tedford Lane was closed Thursday afternoon due to a slope failure. The closure is expected to last a week.

Cades Cove Loop, a popular destination for scenic Smoky Mountain views and frequent bear sights, is closed due to inclement weather. 

Monroe County Schools have already announced they'd dismiss at 12:30 p.m. due to threats of widespread flooding. 

Creeks rose all over Monroe County causing flooding in several areas. David Atchley, who lives near Hiwassee College, says his backyard floods from a nearby creek.

"Over there where the creek is, it's probably about up to my chest because there is another creek over there." 

He says the water doesn't come up over the road to often but it does in other areas. Monroe County Schools and Sweetwater City Schools closing school early Thursday.

"I agree," said parent John Carpenter. "Because futher on down my road half the road is gone and the buses can't make it and a lot of the ponds are washing over the roads and stuff. And of course its been raining for two days straight."

The Monroe County Sheriff's office says it will depend on the rain Thursday night whether or not these roads will be passable. 




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