Waters force families from Blount Co. homes

Published: Feb. 28, 2019 at 10:16 PM EST
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As some parts of East Tennessee begin to dry out, other parts are seeing flood waters rise. Those rising waters have forced two families out of their homes on Walker Road in Blount County.

"If you had ever seen this property before, you never would have imagined that its a flood area," Zach White said.

He and his wife moved into their dream home just months ago, but they never thought it would be water front property.

"There's some trees out in the middle that are probably 10 to 15 feet high, and you can't even see them now," White said.

The water has already invaded his neighbor's home, and they've got three small water pumps running to prevent it from coming into theirs.

"It's really just held us level, otherwise the water's still rising," White said. It's still coming in and if it wasn't for those measures, we would be a few feet under water now."

Even though it's just a few feet from their door, they can't even stay in their home since the waters cover their septic systems.

"It's backed up," White said. "You can't live here. You can't use the toilet, the sink, any of the drains. We've had to move into a camper indefinitely."

With a little one on the way, they're hoping for some relief sometime soon.

"You feel powerless because there's nothing we can do to stop it right now," White said. It's a situation we shouldn't have been in in the first place, so you feel hopeless."

We reached out to Blount County EMA Director Lance Coleman. He said TEMA's loaned the county three water pumps that are being used to pump other parts of the county. When those areas are taken care of, they'll move the pumps to Walker Road.

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