SEVIERVILLE — Heavy rains brought flooding to several roads throughout Sevier County on Tuesday.
“It looks like a portion of the county there was a stripe of heavy rainfall that moved in from Blount County. It looks like it was generally around 3 to 4 inches of rainfall. That is within the last 24 hours,” said meteorologist Danny Gant with the National Weather Service out of Morristown.
Gant said there may have been places that received upward toward five inches of rain.
The rainfall continued into Tuesday evening, but by Wednesday was expected come to an end as a cold front moved in.
Sevier County 911 Central Dispatch kept track of the road closures throughout the county. Those roads which were temporarily partially closed or closed included: Burden Hill and Eastgate Road; Goose Gap Road and Waldens Creek Road; Jayell/Green Acre; Jones Cove Road/Obes Road; Jones Cove Road/West Cummings Chapel; Lightfoot Way/Valley Mountain Way; 2019 Little Valley Road; McCarter Little Valley Road; McCarter Hollow/Seaton Springs; New Era Road; 2040 Old Newport Highway; 2956 Old Newport Highway; Ridge Road/Rolen Hollow; South Helton Drive; and Teaster Lane/Ridge Road.
“We had a total of 17 road closures and we still have nine that are closed at the moment,” said Joey Ayers, Sevier County Emergency Management director Tuesday afternoon.
Ayers said there were at least five water rescues as of 3 p.m. including one he assisted on where a vehicle went off the roadway into swift waters.
Ayers said there were also three confirmed structure fires Tuesday where lightning was a factor. Lightning is blamed for a fire at the Pigeon Forge Kroger, which was extinguished, and a fire that destroyed a garage after lightning struck a tree behind the structure. Ayers did not know any details about the third incident.