KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A woman had to be rescued and taken to the hospital after a tree fell on her West Knox County home on Wednesday morning, according to Rural Metro Fire.
Rural Metro crews were dispatched to the home on Westland Drive to a call of a tree falling on the house which reportedly trapped a woman inside.
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When they arrived, crews found a large tree had fallen onto the backside of the home, which caused severe intrusion and damage.
Crews were able to extricate the woman and transport her to a nearby hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.
Westland Drive saw heavy rains throughout the night. The Knox County Engineering and Public Works Department blocked off the road and turned it into a one-way lane just west of Garrison Ridge Boulevard until 3 a.m. when flood waters began to recede.
Department officials said they hope to have the road fully repaired by Wednesday evening.
“Our folks were out all night, working in the rain clearing trees and providing traffic control on Westland Drive to ensure everyone got home safe,” Jim Snowden, senior director of Knox County EPW, said. “They are the best at what they do and I’m grateful for their hard work and dedication to Knox County, and they will be out all day as well.”
Downed trees, roadway hazards, and sinkholes on county roads can be reported to the EPW by calling 865-215-5800.