Creek overflows banks, washes out residential Blount County road

Creek overflows banks, washes out residential Blount County road

6 News Reporter

TOWNSEND (WATE) - More than six inches of rain had fallen in Blount County between Sunday and Wednesday, causing streams and the Little River to swell past their banks.

Since Tuesday, roads have been closed due to flooding. But Wednesday, as the water began to recede, the extent of the damage began to show.

The biggest problem is Carrs Creek Road, where a four foot section is completely gone.

Road crews began to tear up the washed out road to try to alleviate the backed up stream. But they say it could be a while until its fixed.

"Could be a day, could be a week. It depends on the weather," said Mike Whitehead with the Blount County Highway Department.

The swollen creek overflowed and washed away the tile under the road, leaving a gaping hole and cutting off nearly 20 homes on Carrs Creek Road.

"When you get a lot of rain, the debris piles up and the road can wash away," Whitehead said.

Fortunately, the residents are allowed to use a backroad through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to get out.

But as for when the section of road will be repaired, it's all up to Mother Nature.

"It depends on what tomorrow brings, if it snows, we'll wait until the next day to begin," Whitehead said.
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