McMinn County flooding inconveniences drivers and farm workers

McMinn County flooding inconveniences drivers and farm workers

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Drivers on Niota Road were forced to turn around and find another way to travel. Drivers on Niota Road were forced to turn around and find another way to travel.
A creek flows through Danny Lee Farms, but with 5.28 inches of rain it was more like a lake. A creek flows through Danny Lee Farms, but with 5.28 inches of rain it was more like a lake.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

ATHENS (WATE) – McMinn County received more than five inches of rain from Monday morning through Tuesday, causing flooding across the area.

The creek overflowed the bridge on Niota Road, making it impassible. "I've got to go all the way back around to 139 to go to my house now," Lindsay Kincaid said.

More than a dozen cars were stopped by the flooded bridge, forced to turn around and find another way to travel.

"Most of the back roads are pretty bad right now. It's flooding everywhere," Jason Hitt said.

The creek flows through Danny Lee Farms, but with 5.28 inches of rain it was more like a lake.

"It's usually just a 10-foot wide creek, and it's overflowed quite a bit," said Dwayne Sutton,  who works on the farm.

The flooding was a big inconvenience. "We usually go back there in the garage, but we couldn't get back there because the water was so high," Sutton said.

The overflow from the creek flooded the hay field and a soy bean field on the 80-acre property, meaning there wasn't much work that could be done. "That's about it. We're fixing to go home, I think," Sutton said.

But getting home could be just as much of a problem. Drivers say the bridge on Niota Road is a popular route that requires an alternative.

"It has flooded the bridge before, but not this bad," Hitt said. "I've lived here my whole life and I've never seen it this bad."

The McMinn County Sheriff's Office said officers received several calls about that area. It's one of the locations in the county that floods regularly when it rains, but the water usually goes down a few hours after it stops raining.

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