Flooded roads, downed power lines create morning headache

Flooded roads, downed power lines create morning commute headaches

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Beaver Creek Road was flooded at Fairlane. Beaver Creek Road was flooded at Fairlane.
Traffic was backed up and buses had to be turned around on Hardin Valley Road. Traffic was backed up and buses had to be turned around on Hardin Valley Road.
Work on a utility pole on Morrell Road at Kingston Pike also affected morning traffic. Work on a utility pole on Morrell Road at Kingston Pike also affected morning traffic.
The intersection of Ebenezer Road at Brucewood Lane was closed because of high water. The intersection of Ebenezer Road at Brucewood Lane was closed because of high water.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Though the rain that had fallen since Sunday finally diminished for a time, weather-related problems continued Wednesday morning for East Tennessee residents and more rain is expected.

As much as six inches of rain had fallen since Sunday, as reported by local weather observers.

Flooded roads and downed power poles were a problem for morning commuters and school buses in north Knox County. Many schools in rural areas were closed, but Knox County Schools were not.


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Beaver Creek Road was also flooded at Fairlane. Work to restore power in the Hardin Valley caused a mess for buses and parents taking children to Hardin Valley Academy and Hardin Valley Elementary.

Traffic was backed up and buses had to be turned around. Commuters in south Knox County had to deal with a rock slide that closed one northbound lane of Alcoa Highway.

Work on a utility pole on Morrell Road at Kingston Pike also affected morning traffic.

The intersection of Ebenezer Road at Brucewood Lane was closed because of high water.

In Loudon County, flooding and high water levels led to several boats getting loose on the Tennessee River near Tellico Village.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation reports other trouble spots that have formed in East Tennessee as a result of the heavy rain.

Hamblen County: Right lane closed on US 11E at log mile 4.0-4.5 eastbound. A potential sink hole developing.

Jefferson County: SR 139 to SR9 is closed due to flooding.

Greene County: High water reported on SR 340.


Weather Alerts


As of 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, Tyson McGhee Airport received 6.52 inches of rain since it began on Sunday night.

As of Wednesday, the area is already 5.22 inches ahead of the expected rainfall for the year.

A Flood Warning remains in effect until noon for most of the WATE viewing area. A River Flood Warning will remain in effect until Thursday for most of the mountain counties.

A Flood Watch has been extended until Thursday at 7 p.m.

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