Flooding closes schools; road issues continue, but improving

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The sunshine Sunday was welcome, but it will be a while before life returns to normal for many in East Tennessee.

Knoxville and East Tennessee continue to deal with the flooding brought on days of rainfalls, including very heavy rainfall on Saturday. Here is the latest forecast.

Knox County Schools and others have begun to announce they will be closed Monday. See our latest list.

Three storm-related fatalities have been reported, two in East Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. A 56-year-old man drowned in Knox County in a submerged vehicle, a 62-year-old man in Hawkins County as a result of a mudslide,  and a 53-year-old woman in Cheatham County swept away in swift water, TEMA said.

Claiborne, Sevier and Scott counties in East Tennessee have declared local States of Emergency, TEMA said. Fourteen counties across the state have declared emergencies. 

Record rainfall

Knoxville received 5.08 inches of rain on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service office in Morristown. The last time over 5 inches fell in a day was Sept. 5, 2011.

The Knoxville area has had 10 consecutive days with rainfall greater than or equal to .01 of an inch which includes what has fallen since midnight. “This ties the 10th longest stretch of measurable rain,” the Weather Service said. “The longest stretch was 16 days Aug 10 – Aug 25, 1901.”

It is unofficially the wettest February on record for Knoxville with 12.55 inches of rain, according to the Weather Service. That tops 12.52 inches in 1873.

TVA reservoirs

TVA said higher than expected rainfall in East Tennessee will raise lake levels above summer pool levels at Fort. Loudoun, Watts Bar and Chickamauga lakes. “We’re using all available storage capacity to reduce impacts downstream. Expect higher river flow rates in the coming days,” the agency said in a Twitter post.

Norris Lake is forecast to rise to1,030 feet — 10 feet above normal summer pool, TVA. said. At 7 a.m., it was 1023.28 feet. “Property owners should take precautions for high lake level,” TVA said.

Detailed lake level info is available from a TVA lake app.

The Tennessee River is less than a foot from flood stage in Chattanooga. Flood stage is a river elevation of 651 and at 6;15 a.m., it was 650.51 feet. It is expected to reach 652 feet late Monday or early Tuesday

Roads still flooded despite sunshine

Here is a list of road closings within the City of Knoxville from the police department.. 

  • 6th@Glenwood Ave./Flooding
  • Amherst Rd.@Jackson/railroad collapse
  • Ault Rd@Shangri-la Dr./Flooding
  • Beverly Rd.@Oakland St./Flooding
  • Beverly Rd.@Greenway/Flooding
  • Black Oak Dr@Oak Rd./Flooding
  • Braundau@Mapleloop/Flooding
  • Braundau@W. Red Bud/Flooding
  • Carnation Dr@Clifton Rd./Flooding
  • Cedar Ln.@N Broadway/Flooding
  • Chapman Hwy.@Anderson/Flooding
  • Chapman Hwy.@Ellis Rd./Flooding
  • Chapman Hwy.@Lakeforest/Flooding
  • Chapman Hwy.@Stone Rd./Flooding
  • Clayton@Young/Flooding
  • Concord@railroad tracks/Flooding
  • Concord@Painter/Flooding
  • Crosspark@Bridgewater/Flooding
  • Dutch Valley@Old Broadway/Flooding
  • Fair Dr.@Knox Rd./Flooding 
  • Fox Lonas@ Catholic High School/Flooding
  • Hall of Fame Dr.@ 6th/Flooding
  • Hollywood@Kelly/Flooding
  • Hollywood@Sutherland/Flooding
  • Keller Bend@S. Northshore/Flooding
  • Knott Rd@Tenwood Dr./Flooding
  • Longvale@Chapman/Flooding
  • Loves Creek@Rutledge Pk./Flooding
  • Loves Creek@McIntyre/Flooding
  • Maryville Pk@Edington Rd./Flooding
  • N Broadway@Colonial Circle/Flooding
  • Papermill Dr.@Hollywood/Flooding
  • Proctor Rd.@Sterchi/Flooding
  • Prosser Rd.@Knoxville Zoo Dr./Flooding
  • Sixth@Hoitt/Flooding
  • Sixth@Cottage/Flooding
  • Stone@Royal Heights/Flooding
  • Sutherland@Hollywood/Flooding
  • Town Center@Northshore/Flooding
  • Woodlawn@Southwood/trees into lines
  • Woodlawn Pike@Ellis St./tree down

Hawkins County dispatch confirms a portion of State Route 66 is not there anymore. A portion of the roadway is at Mile Marker 24 near New Life Road is closed.  (More photos on Facebook.)

TDOT crews will be patching potholes today throughout the region, according to Mark Nagi, a TDOT spokesperson.

“We continue to see significant amounts of swiftly moving water on our area roadways this morning as you’re waking up,” the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post early Sunday morning.

A man died in West Knoxville when 90 percent of his vehicle submerged in high water on South Peters Road. 

Here is a map of Sevier County road flooding.

US 441 through the Smokies, Newfound Gap Road, was closed Saturday due to high winds, the Park Service said

All roads within the City of Sevierville are open Sunday, according to the police department. 

See our latest information from TDOT.

Impact across the South

The weather has wreaked havoc across the South, with at least one tornado reported.

Gabriella Pagan has been doing Facebook live reports all morning. Check them out

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