The rain that continued to fall in East Tennessee on Thursday has led to school and road closures.
The National Weather Service in Morristown said Oak Ridge received an estimated 4.47 inches of rain between 5 a.m. Tuesday, February 4, and 5 a.m. Thursday, February 6.
Anderson County Schools are closed Thursday due to the continued threat of flooding.
The Oak Ridge Police Department said Thursday morning that the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and North Jefferson Circle is closed due to flooding.
And the ORPD said drivers should use caution on State Route 95/Oak Ridge Turnpike between Imperium Drive and Southwood Lane. Traffic is down to one lane due to flooding, the ORPD said.
Wednesday night, the Oliver Springs Police Department said the city was experiencing high waters with road closures, and Arrowhead Park, Windrock Road, Airport Road, and Midway Drive were closed.
Thursday morning, the OSPD said East Tri County Boulevard is closed due to flooding. Traffic is being sent around Mahoney Road.
“Old Batley is not an option due to a mud slide,” the OSPD said. “Please avoid all flood zones and back roads till the water levels fall.”
The National Weather Service in Morristown said several rivers are in or will be in flood stage soon. The Emory River at Oakdale, southwest of Oak Ridge, is the only river that is forecast to be near major flood stage, the NWS said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.