Flooding: Cocke County residents see road closures due to high water, find alternate routes

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COCKE COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) – Many roads in Cocke County were closed Friday because of heavy rainfall that resulted in flooding, leaving some having to find another way to get home. 

One of those other ways – train tracks. 

Reportedly, a train was stuck on the tracks in Cocke County because of floodwater over the tracks, making the tracks a somewhat safe alternative for pedestrians to use. One couple did.

Roads blocked by water 

River Street in Newport was flooded, the water getting a little too close to home.  The Pigeon River reaching high levels – above its flood stage – in areas of Newport and Del Rio. 

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The Cocke County Road Department was busy Friday blocking off roads, with Del Rio firefighters stepping up to help. 

“Checking out the people that live along the road and blockin’ the road off so people can’t travel it in their car,” says Daniel Haney, a Del Rio Volunteer Firefighter. 

Haney says the road that runs beneath the bridge is actually 10 feet down, the water was closing the gap underneath. 

The firefighters say walking on the train tracks was for now, because the train was stuck since the tracks were covered in water.

Couple stranded 

Haney walked the tracks earlier Friday when he found a couple trying to make it home.

“They were stranded and couldn’t get home due to the flooded water and we walked the railroad tracks and got them home and had to walk along the side of the train and cross the train to get there,” he said. 

Haney says if it rains more and the flood water doesn’t recede, the volunteer fire department could be stranded because of flooding. 

Although he also said that kind of flooding hasn’t happened in years. 

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