Flooded Knox Co. roads leave parents upset with school district

Flooded Knox Co. roads leave parents upset with school district

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Some roads were nearly impassable, but drivers pushed through anyway. Some roads were nearly impassable, but drivers pushed through anyway.
Powell High School itself was nearly a victim of the rising water. Its ball fields were covered with water. Powell High School itself was nearly a victim of the rising water. Its ball fields were covered with water.
Ebenezer Road on the county's west side was also closed, forcing drivers to turn around and find alternate routes. Ebenezer Road on the county's west side was also closed, forcing drivers to turn around and find alternate routes.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Another day of heavy rain meant another messy morning commute Wednesday and another day of school closings.

But one school system was noticeably missing from the list, causing many parents to take to Facebook.
        
The WATE 6 News Facebook page saw hundreds of comments from Knox County parents concerned and upset about the district's decision not to cancel classes.

"I think Knox County should be closed as well! We can't get out of our driveway!" Linda Adams said.

Alexa Ray-Daniels added, "Knox County should be closed too. There is flooding here. I refuse to put myself or my kid in danger, so I am staying in if I feel it is too dangerous."
     
"I, as a parent, kept my children home! We're in Powell and Emory Road always floods pretty bad," Carrie Miller said.

It was the Powell area that saw some of the worst flooding, especially near Emory Rd. at Collier Rd. where the road was completely shut down.
     
At Beaver Creek and Fairlane, the road was nearly impassable, but drivers pushed through anyway.

Powell High School itself was nearly a victim of the rising water. Its ball fields were covered and water was creeping to the top of nearby bridges.
     
Ebenezer Road on the county's west side was also closed, forcing drivers to turn around and find alternate routes.

School officials responded to parents by saying they did a 4 a.m. road check with their crews and checked in with local law enforcement and deemed the roads to be fine for the school system as a whole.

By lunchtime, several roads that were covered in water had receded.

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