Heavy rainfall floods East Tennessee roads

Heavy rainfall floods East Tennessee roads, causes numerous traffic problems

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Fire crews had to rescue a man from his car after he tried to drive through the water and his car stalled. Fire crews had to rescue a man from his car after he tried to drive through the water and his car stalled.
"I'm ready. I'm going to say 'praise the Lord' when [the rain' stops," said Chad Conroy, of Knoxville. "I'm ready. I'm going to say 'praise the Lord' when [the rain' stops," said Chad Conroy, of Knoxville.
Flooding around Knoxville resulted in entire roads being shut down for safety, wreaking havoc on people trying to get around. Flooding around Knoxville resulted in entire roads being shut down for safety, wreaking havoc on people trying to get around.
"You can come through and then 15 minutes later the road is covered up with water," said Senior Firefighter Justin Bailey. "You can come through and then 15 minutes later the road is covered up with water," said Senior Firefighter Justin Bailey.
"Living here in Seattle, it's pretty bad. Well, that's what it feels like," said Donnie Summers. "Living here in Seattle, it's pretty bad. Well, that's what it feels like," said Donnie Summers.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Heavy rainfall that drenched most of East Tennessee Sunday caused a lot of traffic problems across the area.

Flooding around Knoxville resulted in roads being shut down for safety, wreaking havoc on people trying to get around.

"I'm over it. I've had enough. It's been tough," said Donnie Summers, of Knoxville. "We've had two or three detours just this morning trying to go to church. It's very unusual. Westland Drive is the worst I've ever seen it."

Parts of Ailor Avenue were shut down for flooding, but not before some drivers got stuck in deep water and had to be towed out.

A portion of Baxter Avenue was blocked after the creek that runs underneath it overflowed, sending water rushing over the roadway.

Fire crews had to rescue a man from his car after he tried to drive through the water and his car stalled.

Officials say he's lucky he didn't get swept away as the water rose.

"There are drownings associated with swift water," said Senior Firefighter Justin Bailey, of the Knoxville Fire Department.

Every time it rains a heavy amount, fire officials want to remind drivers to never attempt driving across a road that has water moving across it.

They say while it may appear to be only a few inches deep, a few inches of moving water is all it takes to lift your car up off the ground.

They say always turn around and find another way to get where you're going, because this amount of rain can make things very dangerous, very fast.

"You can come through and then 15 minutes later the road is covered up with water," said Bailey.

Drivers in Knoxville say they are fed up with all this wet weather.

"Living here in Seattle, it's pretty bad. Well, that's what it feels like," said Summers.

One woman says it's rained so much that the windshield wipers on her daughter's car couldn't handle it anymore.

They broke on the way into town.

"I don't remember it ever raining like this. Coming back, the only way she could get back was stick her head out the window so she could see," said Chad Conroy, of Knoxville. "I'm ready. I'm going to say 'praise the Lord' when it stops."

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