Weekend rainfall downs trees, causes outages, flooding and traffic tie-ups
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
May 06, 2013 | 773 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trees went down causing power outages and traffic tie-ups, and minor street flooding with closures of some roads were reported as Bradley County and Cleveland were soaked by heavy rain over the weekend.

Weather stations reported measure variances in rainfall across the county. According to Curtis Cline of Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency, 4.17 inches of rain fell from Friday until this morning at 8.

The possibility of more significant measures of rainfall still exists this afternoon and spotty rainfall persisted this morning in some areas.

Several road closures due to flooding were reported to 911 officials.

Barricades were placed on Blythe Avenue and Candies Lane to keep motorists from traveling through high water. Localized flooding was also reported in the Chestuee area, Harris Creek Road, Blythewood and Old Harrison Pike as well as several other areas.

Saturday morning, a large tree fell across Georgetown Road near Vassey Lawn Equipment. Utility crews worked to repair and restore power in the area while the tree was cut away. Bradley County Sheriff’s deputies provided traffic control as the work was done.

Rainfall amounts in the area were more than 4.5 inches in the Chestuee area, according to Cline.

Rain, which began Friday, became heavy at times Saturday and Sunday.

West Polk County Fire and Rescue Chief Steve Lofty said TVA officials reported flood boards located at the top of TVA Dam 1 broke away, but no other damage was evident.

Lofty said today that TVA officials reregulated the flow and all was expected to be OK as runoff from the mountain streams continued.

He reported only minor flooding in areas of Polk County.

Cline said Candies Lane is the only roadway still shut down to through traffic today.