Blount County businesses clean up after flood

Blount County businesses clean up after flood

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Matt Jenkins had six inches of water in the building. He spent the day trying to dry it out and salvage his belongings. Matt Jenkins had six inches of water in the building. He spent the day trying to dry it out and salvage his belongings.
Some businesses spent Thursday drying out their buildings after Wednesday's rain caused severe flooding. Some businesses spent Thursday drying out their buildings after Wednesday's rain caused severe flooding.
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By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Some businesses spent Thursday drying out their buildings after being flooded Wednesday by heavy rain.

Many of the business owners are asking for improvements to area drainage systems so flooding won't get as high again.

Matt Jenkins owns a building in East Broadway. While the area is mostly dry now, it was a different story Wednesday.

"It looked like a river inside my building," said Jenkins.

Jenkins had six inches of water in the building. He spent the day trying to dry it out and salvage his belongings.

"I've got a welding business and I've got a lawn care service where I've got law mowers over there that have gotten soaked. I have a welder that's soaked that I've got to dry out hopefully the carburetor isn't filled with water and hopefully my business doesn't sink," said Jenkins.

Jenkins says another catch basin and drainage pipe would help.

Blount County's assistant roads superintendent, who wouldn't go on camera, says a larger catch basin may help collect more water and reduce flooding but it's the city or state's responsibility not the county's.

Maryville City Public Information Officer Pam Arnett says the flooded area on East Broadway is in the county.

"It could be that the county believes it is the states responsibility since it is not the city of Maryville's they'd probably count on it being the state," said Arnett.

By law, the Tennessee Department of Transportation maintains roadway asphalt edge to edge. Anything else from pipes to signs is not the agency's responsibility.

The city says to fix the problem the low lying flood areas need to be built up.

"That would cost the state or Blount County money," said Arnett.

Jenkins just hopes someone can do something soon to save his building and business.

Blount County's road superintendent was unavailable for comment.

A TDOT spokesperson says TDOT has not been contacted by the city or the county to investigate the issue.

If TDOT is contacted, the spokesperson said, the agency will be happy to work with local partners to find a resolution to the flooding problem on East Broadway.

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