Fountain City residents believe backed up creek led to neighborhood flooding issues Saturday

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People who live in North Knoxville believe a little creek behind Fair Drive in Fountain City is one of the reasons why this area flooded on Saturday.

It was a shocking scene on Saturday with a Knoxville Fire Department truck stranded in the high water. The saturated roadway crumbled as firefighters drove in to rescue a stranded driver.

The high water spread down Fair Drive creating a mess for the people who live there.

Randall Martin said last year a big oak tree fell into the tiny creek and the tree was never cleared away. He believes the big stump backed up the creek as rain continued to fall Friday into Saturday

“Well, it had flooded before but nothing like this. And it didn’t used to flood at all,” Martin said.

Elaine Ashcraft returned to her home Monday for the first time since the weekend. She was trapped in her home on Fair Drive on Saturday. The flood water converged behind her home and down Fair Drive prevented her from getting out.

KUB contractors returned Monday to the site of the road collapse and started removing debris from drains on Fair Drive. Residents stopped to look at the damaged edge of the road.

“Everything in the house is okay. It flooded in the back area where my screened in porch is. It was way up, that creek,” said Ashcraft. “It’s a mess over here. I think something needs to be cleaned up out there so people have to be in this situation.”

The city spent a lot of money fixing First Creek when it flooded near Fountain City Heights nearly 20 years ago. At the time, drains were installed along Fair Drive but with water converging from First Creek, and the little tributary feeding the creek, on top of five inches of rain Friday into Saturday, it was too much to handle.

Martin believes if the creek isn’t cleaned up, it could flood again.

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