Flood causes millions in damage to Roane County

ROANE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- East Tennessee has been hit hard by flooding damage in recent days -- Roane County in particular.

According to the Roane County Highway Superintendent, Dennis Ferguson, the county has sustained around $3 million in damages. Ferguson said that one single road, Airport Road, will cost about $1 million to fix.

"Engineers said it would be about $1 million to fix," Ferguson said. It "leads out of Roane County into Morgan County...pretty heavily traveled." It's a "major deal...because it's on a pretty steep mountain."

Ferguson said it's concerning because it could cause a financial hit to the City of Rockwood, adding that the city needed the revenue that the road brings.

Crews noticed the road was damaged on Saturday at around 2 a.m., and Ferguson told them to close it. Since yesterday, it has fallen 2 more feet.

Ferguson said the county has had "lots of dirt slides," with two major ones still not clear on Bowmen's Bend.

On Wednesday, their biggest priority was Whiton's Chapel Road where a six inch pipe line burst. WVLT's drone video captured crews working the area.

They have been working in the area since Monday, Ferguson said. A special pump is delivering water to people who live there, but they want to clear it as soon as possible so the water department can fix the pipe.

Ferguson said he hopes to bring contractors in to help with the damage.

On Saturday, Ferguson has invited all the county commissioners, the county mayor and the EMA director for a tour of the damage.

The Roane County Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security announced it was taking reports of damage and asked residents to reach out with their details.

To do so, please email the following information to Roane.EMA@roanecountyTN.gov:

- name
- address
- contact number
- description of damage
- photos if possible