Floods hit county; Alcoa residents go without power
By J.J. Kindred | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Heavy rains that came through Blount County left a long-lasting effect Sunday, as several areas were flooded and caused approximately 7,400 residents to be without power in the city of Alcoa.
Crews were actively trying to restore power and figure out what caused the outage after the entire Wildwood Road substation was knocked out during Sunday’s storms.
Steve Biggar, utility services supervisor for the city of Alcoa said Sunday that a TVA line that fed into the Wildwood substation may have been struck by lighting, or a tree could have come across it.
“Our Wildwood station was taken completely off line,” Biggar said. “The linemen were walking across lines trying to figure out what happened. Through fields and valleys, it’s hard to get trucks out there to see if there’s anything across the lines.”
Meanwhile, according to county dispatchers, Foch Street in Maryville was barricaded temporarily because of heavy flooding. Areas such as South Springview Road in Maryville, East Lincoln Road in Alcoa, and Pleasant View Drive in Maryville also reported flooding.
Vingear Valley Road in Friendsville and Blockhouse Road in Maryville also had some flooding, along with a driveway washout on Miser Station Road in Louisville, and several scattered trees were reported in areas such as Helton Road in Maryville.
“Mother Nature just keeps on dumping for some reason,” said Blount County Road Superintendent Bill Dunlap.
The National Weather Service in Morristown would agree with Dunlap, as more rain is being forecasted during the week, but the chances are mostly 50-50.
Approximately 2.12 inches of rain were reported at McGhee Tyson Airport as of 5 p.m. Sunday, close to the record of 2.36 inches on this date in 1999. There has already been 4.90 inches of rain already reported for this month, according to Tim Doyle, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
Over the next few days, there will be some patches of sun, but there is a 50 percent afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms today and 30 percent on Tuesday, with temperatures expected to reach the mid to upper 80s throughout the week. There will be a 50 percent chance of rain Wednesday and Thursday as well, with slightly cooler temperatures.