LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Campbell County Road Superintendent Ron Dilbeck said, “In addition to water across many roads, debris under the water and even after the water recedes is a major concern.” Dilbeck urges you to use extreme caution as you travel today.
Two to three inches of rain have fallen over the past 24-hours here in Campbell County, and as a result, flooding is happening. The list of roads with flood waters over them, though now passable, around La Follette and Campbell County is lengthy; South Tennessee Avenue, Hwy 297, Bruce Gap Road, Old Hwy 63, Glade Springs Road, Butter and Egg Road, Davis Creek Road and Duff Road.
E911 Dispatch reports a mud slide on Highway 297 at around 11 pm Wednesday night. Crews with the Campbell County Highway Department cleared that slide, and the road reopened. The La Follette Police Dispatcher noted that South Tennessee Avenue and the parking lot behind city hall had high water coming in from Big Creek for a few hours overnight, and the waters have since receded.
La Follette officials are keeping a close eye on the area around the Faithway Assembly of God and La Follette Middle School in East La Follette. La Follette Dispatch reported that some debris had to be cleared around drains close to LMS and that there had not been any issues around the church. An historic flood in June engulfed the area around Faithway Assembly of God, and the church is currently in the process of rebuilding.
There were also high water reports from La Follette Dispatch along old Jacksboro Pike. An apartment complex, Pecan Courts, was dealing with flooding in its parking lot and lower level units.
La Follette City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries tells WLAF, “Aside from flood waters around City Hall, there was flooding on South Massachusetts Avenue. It did get close to the church (Faithway Assembly of God), but it did not come in. The scaffolding being used under the Central Avenue Bridge project was washed away. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/06/2020-4AM-UPDATED 7AM-UPDATED 7:45AM))