Major overnight flooding left several roads in the Johnson City area impassable, according to news releases issued Monday morning from law enforcement agencies.
Flooding damaged two bridges in the area, according to Emergency Management Agency Director Rusty Sells. One was in the city at Sinking Creek in the city and the other was on Graveyard Road in the Bumpass Cove section of the county. Both bridges were damaged and impassable, Sells said.
Some residents in the Sinking Creek area were cut off, but the city was able to find an alternate route through neighboring property so people could get out.
In Johnson City, the Police Department issued an advisory that several low-lying areas throughout the city had experienced flooding. Morning commutes may be delayed, as many roads were covered in water. Locations included Riverview Road, Lafe Cox Road, Old Stage Road at Old Gray Station Road, East Watauga Avenue at West State of Franklin Road, and Carroll Creek Road in the area of Knob Creek Road. Austin Springs Road also was closed.
Many other areas throughout the city also had standing water.
The JCPD urged motorists to use caution, not to drive through standing water, be aware of emergency personnel throughout the area and obey any signage indicating a road closure.
Roads were also impassable in the town of Unicoi impassable, according to a town news release.
As of 6:15 a.m., the following roads were under water and listed as impassable: Springbrook, Willow Pond, Massachusetts Avenue, and Golf Course Road, according to Police Chief Andy Slagle.
Residents commuting to work this morning may be delayed.
The Unicoi Police Department reminded everyone not to attempt crossing roads that appear flooded.
Anyone in need of assistance may contact the Unicoi Police Department at 220-0025 or if it’s an emergency, please call 911.
In Carter County, Gap Creek Road was closed to through traffic about halfway between Hampton and Elizabethton after Gap Creek flooded.