Photo by Chris Hollinghead
Heavy rains swelled the Tellico River to twice its normal size this week.
|Published: 9:44 AM, 01/16/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
After a weekend of record warmth in the
70s, flooding rains set in Sunday night, forcing schools to close
Tuesday and Wednesday, and causing some roads to be closed as well.
Road and school officials began
checking roads Monday, as 4 to 5 inches of rain had fallen in many
locations since Sunday night.
As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Monroe
County E-911 Center reported road closures due to high water at
Fairview Road at the bridge, Gay Lee Lane and Randolph Ridley Road at
the Burdett Road intersection. Also, dispatchers reported water was
over the pavement on Murray's Chapel Road just outside Sweetwater
in Loudon County.
Road conditions changed quickly with
some roads getting better and many getting worse as the rain came and
Because the conditions change so
quickly, authorities always advise motorist not to drive into waters
of unknown depth. "Turn around, don't drown," is the common
advice from police and weather officials.
According to 911 dispatchers, some
trees fell from the heavy rain as well.
The rain was lighter Tuesday and was
expected to end Wednesday with a little light snow possible Thursday.
Clear and cold weather is expected for
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