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Highway Department

{Brian Matthews}

We always say we are blessed to work at the Roane County Highway Department, but as in any occupation, some months are better than others. One thing that will always make a month great is when we can visit a classroom of students during transportation week to talk about what we do, give them some gifts, and hopefully make some memories. We want to thank the Midtown Education Center for having us during transportation week. Last month, we also said bye to Christian Moore as he leaves us to go and work in Oak Ridge. Christian has worked with us during his time at Roane State, an Internship, and Tennessee Tech. Christian’s younger brother, Gabe, works for us while he is attending Roane State. We also attended the annual TDOT Litter Grant training where we learned about the future of the “Nobody Trashes Tennessee” campaign and what the future of it looks like. As always, if we can help you out let us know by calling 865.882.9782.

Christian Moore and Dennis Ferguson, Road Superintendent

Tennessee Elevates to a Level 3 – State of Emergency

Numerous rounds of heavy rainfall and flash flooding moved across the state starting February 6th. This rainfall set new records across many locations in Tennessee for the month of February and nearly the entire state received between 10”-20” of rain. Flooding during this time caused widespread damages to roadways, homes, farms, infrastructure, and communities.

Roane County’s Office of Emergency Service responded to support the local fire departments, law enforcement, EMS crews, Roane County Highway Department and the Roane County Rescue Squad to deal with the immediate threats to life and property. Communication with local governments, utilities, and county departments started early to assess the damages caused by the rainfall.

Estimates are approaching $10M to repair the losses in Roane County. New hillside slides are still being identified creating major safety concerns on our roadways so this number could continue to grow. We established an e-mail address Roane.EMA@roanecountytn.gov for residents to self-report damage to their homes or businesses in addition to our crews being out completing damage assessments. All of the information is compiled and reported to TEMA on a daily basis. Seventy-six of our county residents have reported some level of damage to their homes. Residents are urged to call the TEMA Assistance Hotline at 1-833-556-2476 for flood damage assistance.

While flood waters have largely resided across the state, the Tennessee River still remains at the action and minor flood stage, the Mississippi River remains at a minor flood stage, and the Obion, Hatchie, Cumberland, and Stones Rivers remain at action flood stages. Locally, we continue to see new slides along our roadsides. Our Highway Department is working hard to make our roads safe as quickly as possible.

The State of Emergency is still active and the danger is still present. Please do not move safety barricades or signage. Public safety is of the utmost importance. Roads will be opened as soon as they are safe.