TDOT patches potholes on the interstate in Knoxville after heavy rainfall

TDOT patches potholes on the interstate in Knoxville after heavy rainfall
TDOT patches potholes on the interstate in Knoxville after heavy rainfall
nRAW video of rainwater in Turkey Creek flowing into Lake Loudoun in Farragut

Rain over the weekend caused parts of East Tennessee to flood, leading to mudslides, school closures and in one county, a declared state of emergency.

Parts of Knox County received about 3.5 inches of rain between Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Morristown. Some other counties — including Anderson, Claiborne, Hawkins and Roane — received more.

Social media users in Knoxville reported large potholes on Interstate 40 East at Cherry Street and on I-640 East near North Broadway. Many cars suffered flat tires, according to posts on Facebook and Twitter.

“Certainly the weather conditions are a major factor,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi. “You’ve had the freezing and the thawing cycle and so much precipitation. It’s the perfect recipe for potholes.”

Patches for potholes are temporary during this time of the year, when asphalt plants are closed, and cold, wet weather makes the patching material less effective, according to TDOT’s website.

“Quite often, the same pothole that we’re going over one day, we’ll have to go and repair a couple of days later,” Nagi said, adding that TDOT crews patch potholes “every single day” across the state.

Potholes on state roads can be reported by emailing [email protected] or by calling 865-594-2408.

“If drivers hit a pothole and experience damage to their vehicle, they may submit a damage claim. Claims are investigated on a case-by-case basis through the Division of Claims Administration, an agency not associated with TDOT. Investigators review the circumstances, the type and location of the pothole, determine if TDOT had been previously notified of the issue, and if crews had been given a reasonable amount of time to repair the pothole.”

In Anderson County, authorities on Sunday responded to three E-911 calls reporting that people had become trapped after driving their vehicles into high waters, according to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mark Lucas.

No injuries were reported in those calls, which were on Mountain Road, Airport Road near Oliver Springs and Pumpkin Hollow Road in East Anderson County, Lucas said in an email.

Downed trees and limbs were reported, as were two mudslides — one on Briceville Highway and the other on Granite Road. Anderson County authorities and TDOT are working to remove the debris from the roads.

“Please remember to never drive through high water,” he said. “Turn Around… Don’t Drown.”

Flooding from heavy rains led Claiborne County Mayor Jack Daniels to declare a state of emergency on Saturday night.

As of 7 a.m. Sunday, the county had received 4.4 inches of rain and expected to receive another 1.2 inches before Monday, according to a Facebook post from the county’s Office of Emergency Management.

Several roads in Loudon County flooded, according to the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office.

They include the 400 block of Foster Road in Lenoir City, Calloway Road in Loudon, and Meadow Road at Big Hill Road in Greenback.

Here is a list of schools that have announced closures or delays for Monday:

Blount County: CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS THROUGH MONDAY Claiborne County: CLOSED Grainger County Schools: CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS THROUGH TUESDAY Hancock County: CLOSED Hawkins County: CLOSED Tri-State Christian Academy: CLOSED Union County: DELAYED 2 HOURS

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Tennessee Department of Transportation is filling numerous potholes Sunday afternoon, which is normal this time of year.

A spokesperson for TDOT says the potholes are due to freezing and thawing of the roadways. Also, the recent precipitation that Tennessee received is causing the potholes to form.

" Our crews patch potholes every day across the region. Unfortunately, this time of year we get lots of them, and the patches are temporary until the weather warms," said Mark Nagi, TDOT spokesperson.

Nagi says they encourage drivers to contact them via email at [email protected] or by phone at (865) 594-2408.

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