Cleanup underway in Sevier, Blount counties after flooding

Cleanup underway in Sevier, Blount counties after flooding

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Water had mostly drained from River Divide Road in Sevier County, Water had mostly drained from River Divide Road in Sevier County,

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - Water receded Thursday morning in Sevier and Blount counties, but mud and debris remained and a few roads were partially flooded after Wednesday's heavy rain.

Residents who had to evacuate their homes because of rising water were able to return Thursday morning.

"We spent the night at the rectory where Marilyn goes to church," said Gatlinburg resident Carolyn Atchley.

Atchley and three other people in her apartment complex were evacuated by firefighters after the Little Pigeon River got too high.

"It concerns me a lot," said Atchley. "It has come in this apartment before, back before I moved here."

By 8 a.m. water had mostly drained from River Divide Road in Sevier County, where the night before it was complete flooded. Mud and puddles remained, making travel still hazardous.

A few businesses in Pigeon Forge received flood damage.

Several campsites at Clabaugh's Campground were flooded.

"There's a lot of clean up," said manager Stephen Russell. "We will have to clean up all this gravel, put it back in the spots where they were before."

Russell says it will costs thousands to clean up the mess.

Ellejoy Road at Riverford Road in Walland in Blount County was also flooded.

East Broadway in Maryville had 6-12 inches of standing water Wednesday.

As a precaution against flooding along the Little Tennessee River, the American Red Cross in Blount County opened an emergency shelter, but no one stayed there overnight. 

The shelter at Tuckaleechee United Methodist Church near Townsend was closed Thursday at 9 a.m. as the water drained and the area began to dry. 

A total of 2.89 inches of rain was recorded Wednesday at McGhee Tyson Airport. That brought the total for the month to 12.67 inches, which is 8.5 inches more than normal for January.

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