Roads remain closed in Blount County as river continues to swell

Roads remain closed in Blount County as river continues to swell

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The Townsend Volunteer firefighters have been monitoring water levels all day.  In a half hour it rose from 7.2 t to 7.9 feet. The Townsend Volunteer firefighters have been monitoring water levels all day. In a half hour it rose from 7.2 t to 7.9 feet.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

TOWNSEND (WATE) – Many roads remain closed Tuesday night across counties in East Tennessee due to flooding. In Blount County, officials are monitoring the roads and river as the rain continues to pour.

"We've got crews checking the roads to make sure they're safe for passing. With the creeks, everything is swollen up, so any amount of water is going to cause water to go out into the road," said Townsend Volunteer Fire Chief Don Stallions.

The Townsend Volunteer firefighters have been monitoring water levels all day.  In a half hour it rose from 7.2 t to 7.9 feet.

Earlier Tuesday, the water rushed over Riverford Road, causing major detours for drivers.

"This is really bad because we've had a lot of rain and it's just been steady. It's not been like you've had a lot of rain and it stops, so this is bad," Carolyn Sweet, a Blount County resident explained.

The swollen river forced a nearly three mile section of the road to close, bringing concern for folks that live in low lying area of Blount County.

"Every little stream is completely flooded, all the fields and, I mean it's bad, people should be extremely careful if they live by the river. If they live by these streams, this water isn't going to go down anytime soon," Sweet said.

That's exactly the worry of the Townsend Fire Department.

"Right now it looks like anybody we could come in and get them. In the future if the flood waters come up, we may not be able to get to people as quick as we'd like to. So error on the side of caution," Chief Stallion advised.

For those at risk, a Red Cross a shelter is open at the Tuckaleechee Methodist Church, at 7322 Old Tuckaleechee Road.

"There were places that were in jeopardy today that probably people thinking through it tonight will probably come to the shelter, explained Greg Keller, of the Blount County Red Cross Disaster Action Team. "We'll be here if they need us."

The shelter will remain open through Thursday. A flood warning is in effect in Blount County until 6 a.m. Thursday morning.  

 

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