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Two roads closed in Carter County because of flooding

John Thompson • Feb 6, 2020 at 5:05 PM

ELIZABETHTON — “We have crews all over the county fixing water problems,” said Marketta Peters, administrative assistant of the Carter County Highway Department.

Peters said there were only two roads closed as a result of the flooding. Creekbank Road was closed Thursday morning. Riverview Road was closed around 1:30 p.m.

“Our crews are trying to fix all the problems as quick as they can.” Peters said the problems ranged from flooded roads to bridges that have turned into dams. One tree had also fallen, blocking Jim Elliott Road for a while.

Peters said the Tennessee Department of Transportation was also working on problems on Tenn. Highway 91 in Stoney Creek.

Danny Hilbert, manager of Elizabethton’s Street and Sanitation Department, said his crews had also been out since early Thursday morning. He said all roads in the city were open.

“Some not the water is not receding as fast as we would like it to, but that is because the rain was still coming down,” Hilbert said. “The ground is so saturated that the water is just running off.”

Hilbert said a lot of effort has been devoted recently to storm drain maintenance and he said that also is paying benefits.

Thomas Gray, public information officer for the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, said there had also been calls on a landslide leaving debris on U.S. Highway 321 early Thursday morning and an object on Gap Creek Road at 12:20 p.m.

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