Flooding hits area

Published 12:29 pm Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Courtesy of Don Oakley

The Powell River was at its highest level in 41 years Monday. The Powell River, together with the Clinch River, are the two largest free-flowing (undammed) rivers in Tennessee. Over the weekend, the area received approximately 4 1/2 inches of rain and the river rose 25 feet today. The pastures along the river at Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell were all underwater, as was the parking lot. The road to the cabins was not accessible for some time. The river was expected to crest Monday afternoon.

Courtesy of Sandra Overton

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Water at the Riverside Bridge got near the road Monday. The bridge was completely under water during the major flood of 1977.

Courtesy of Thomas King

Flooding didn’t miss many areas of Claiborne County, including Eagan in the Clairfield community.

Courtesy of Jeff Haynes

Flooding completely blocked this portion of a road near the Powell River bridge.