Lawmaker: more than 70 counties hit by more than $70 million in flood damages

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If you take a close look at a slide on a portion of State Route 116 in Anderson County, that’s left it open to one lane of traffic for a month, you might be shocked. This is nothing new to Ralph Daniels, who has lived in Anderson County all his life. It’s just part of the price you pay when you live in the mountains.

He says it’s worth paying. 

He loves the scenery so much, he frequently just drives around for just the relaxation of it, the comfort of it, the security of it. One of his frequently traveled paths, SR 116, is still closed to one lane of traffic. He said he’s seen closures like it, due to rain, before in the mountains. 

The damage from the historic flooding extends well beyond Anderson County and East Tennessee.

State Sen. Becky Duncan Massey, who is also the chair for the Senate transportation committee said the total damage to Tennessee’s interstates and highways impacted more than 70 counties and damages total more than $70 million. 

To put that in perspective, she said that is double the cost of the record flooding Nashville saw in 2012. Massey said Tennessee Department of Transportation will see a majority, $65 million, reimbursed by the federal government, through FEMA and FEWA. While that money has an arrived, she says crews are still beginning work on trouble areas.

East Tennessee TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi said Friday that crews are in the beginning stages of some resurfacing projects and bridge repair. He also says they continue to monitor roads around our region. 

One lane is also closed on SR 73 (Lamar Alexander Parkway) in Blount County from the flooding. 

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