The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department had a busy weekend after the rain started on Friday, Chief Deputy Mark Lucas said.
Flooding occurred throughout the county, Lucas said. There were trees that had fallen on homes but no reports of injuries. High water forced the closure of several roads. Many of those were still closed Monday morning.
“The water is receding, but drivers are urged to continue to use caution,” Lucas said. “Due to all of the flooded roads, Anderson County Schools were closed today (Monday, April 24).”
Deputies responded to 25 traffic hazard reports from Friday through Sunday. These included fallen trees and other debris in the roadway. Mudslides were also reported on at least two roads, Lucas said.
There were numerous reports of fallen trees. Many of those took down power lines, but as of Monday morning, the Clinton Utilities Board had power restored to most all outages, Lucas said. On Saturday, fallen trees and power lines had Clinton Highway (US 25W) closed at the Knox County line for more than two hours.
Briceville Highway (State Route 116) was closed near Lower Briceville Road due to a sinkhole and fallen pavement, Lucas said. Park Lane near Anderson County Park also had a report of a sinkhole.
Both the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Anderson County Highway Department worked throughout the weekend and were continuing to clean up trees and debris as well as to make road repairs, Lucas said.
“Again we urge motorists to drive with caution and to never drive through high water,” he said. “Remember: ‘Turn Around. Don’t Drown.'”
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