West Knoxville road closed after washout from heavy rains

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A West Knoxville road is closed after heavy rains washed out dirt under the road, causing the pavement to cave in.

Richland Colony Road at Robinson Road in West Knoxville is closed due to a washout from heavy rains Monday night, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs tweeted.

Thunderstorms and flash flood warnings were issued in Knoxville and some surrounding areas Monday night, with several roads closed due to flooding and thousands temporarily losing power.

Jim Snowden, Knox County Engineering and Public Works Director, said his crews were very busy during and after the storms Monday night, and throughout the day Tuesday.

Monday night, crews were blocking off roadways after they were covered with water and removing downed trees.

Snowden said that after the storms blew through, the hole on Richland Colony Road was the only road needing repairs.

He said he doesn’t believe the culvert at that intersection was too small for the amount of rain the area received Monday night, but his crews were checking to see if that was the problem or if the culvert was blocked by debris.

Snowden said his crews had to check after the water receded more. He said checking culverts after a heavy rain was something his crews usually did anyway.

“We try to look at our culverts as frequent as we can to determine, you know, the condition of them, make sure they’re not blocked with you know, debris and things like that, because that’s what usually puts a strain on, not only the culvert, but the roadways,” Snowden said.

6 On Your Side Storm Team predicted more storms blowing through East Tennessee Tuesday night.

Snowden said his crews were having to check infrastructure around the county Tuesday to make sure culverts were ready for the next round of weather.

“One of the things we’ll do is just kind of, prepare. You know, if you’ll drive around town you’ll see a lot of gravel driveways and a lot of debris in the roadway. We’ll just make sure that debris is removed, because we obviously don’t want any unsafe conditions on the road. So, right now, what we’re doing is general cleanup,” Snowden said.

Snowden said that the hole in the road on Richland Colony Road was the only repair his crews needed to make after the storms Monday night.

He didn’t know the exact cost of repairing the road, but said it could cost about $50,000.

Snowden also said that Richland Colony Road would be closed for at least a week.

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