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Weather Blog: Most Hawkins County roads reopened

Staff • Updated Feb 7, 2020 at 1:48 PM

Heavy rainfall has caused widespread flooding across the region. Overnight, temperatures have plummeted and snow is expected across much of the area, especially in higher elevations. We’ll have continuing coverage at timesnews.net on this developing story. Email [email protected] to share weather-related photos and information.

Flooded Hawkins roads reopen

As of 2 p.m. Friday, all Hawkins County roads that were closed Thursday due to flooding have reopened except for Barrett Hollow Road south of Church Hill, which lost a section near Mountain View Road due to a mudslide.

Highway superintendent Lowell Bean said he anticipates that Barrett Hollow Road will closed for repairs well into next week.

Thursday afternoon Bean reported that a 100 foot-long section of Barrett Hollow Road off Mountain View Road south of Church Hill had been closed due to a mudslide.

Bean had listed several roads as closed and/or impassible Thursday, including Blevins Road, Housewright Hollow Road, Caney Creek Road, Big Elm Road, and Buzzards Roost. As of Friday those roads have reopened.

Around the Region

⚠️ Regional 2D Scholastic Bowl, originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8 at Gate City High School, has been postponed due to weather conditions in surrounding areas, according to Gate City athletic director Brent Roberts.

American Red Cross closes shelters

As of noon, the American Red Cross Tennessee Region has teams across middle and east Tennessee continuing to respond to storm damage and flooding. Disaster assessment teams will continue to travel through affected communities, distributing emergency supplies and completing client casework for the response.

All Red Cross operated shelters have now closed in the area, according to a Friday afternoon news release.

Red Cross workers are monitoring the situation as it changes, and will respond if additional assistance is needed. If someone is in need of assistance, they should call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Flood warnings extended for local rivers

As of 11:31 a.m., a flood warning remains in effect for Hawkins, Jefferson, Hancock, Grainger and Hamblen counties in Tennessee, the city of Norton, Virginia, and Scott and Wise counties in Virginia, until 8:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Morristown.

The National Weather Service in Morristown has extended flood warnings for: Clinch River at Cleveland, Virginia, affecting Russell, Scott and Wise counties; Clinch River near Speers Ferry, Virginia, affecting Hancock (TN) and Scott counties; Clinch River above Tazewell, Tennessee, affecting Claiborne, Grainger and Hancock counties; the North Fork Holston River near Gate City, affecting Hawkins, Sullivan and Scott counties; and the Powell River near Jonesville, Virginia, affecting Hancock and Lee counties, as well as the French Broad River near Newport TN, affecting Cocke and Jefferson counties; Pigeon River at Newport, affecting Cocke County; Powell River near Arthur, Tennessee, affecting Claiborne and Union counties; Sequatchie River, near Whitwell, Tennessee, affecting Bledsoe, Marion and Sequatchie counties.

The flood warning is extended until Saturday evening for the North Fork Holston River near Gate City. At 9:15 a.m., Friday, the stage was 15.8 feet. Flood stage is 12.0 feet. Moderate flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast. The river will continue rising to near 16.5 feet by this evening, but is then expected to begin falling. The river will fall below flood stage by early afternoon Saturday. For reference purposes, at 18 feet, several homes are flooded and 20 to 30 acres are inundated.

The latest forecast for Kingsport calls for a chance of rain and snow this afternoon and evening with temperatures falling into the mid-20s. There is a chance of rain and snow showers Saturday before transitioning to all snow after 10 p.m. for a brief period.

Winter weather advisory issued for parts of the region

According to the National Weather Service at Morristown, a winter weather advisory is in effect until 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, for parts of the region, including Wise and Russell counties of Southwest Virginia and the far east mountains of East Tennessee. Rain mixed with and changing to snow is expected early this morning. Total snow accumulations of 1-3 inches possible. The highest elevations of the Smoky Mountains could see up to 5 inches.

Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible today across the eastern Tennessee mountains above 3500/4000 feet due to a tightening pressure gradient. Downed trees are possible due to saturated soils.

The wet pattern will continue into next week with several rounds of rainfall expected, mainly Monday and Monday night, and again next Thursday. Given the saturated soils and high stream levels, any additional rainfall may cause flooding issues.

American Red Cross responds, opens shelters

The American Red Cross Tennessee Region has teams across middle and east Tennessee responding to storm damage and flooding. Disaster assessment teams will travel through affected communities when it is safe to do so.

Shelters are open in the following areas in Northeast Tennessee:

Sneedville First Baptist Church, 1359 Main St, Sneedville, TN

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 225 Princeton Rd, Johnson City, TN

Erwin Church of Christ, 710 Rock Creek Road, Unicoi County, TN

Red Cross workers are monitoring the situation and are ready to respond if additional assistance is needed. If someone is in need of assistance, they should call 1-800-RED CROSS.

SAFETY INFORMATION

Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.

Be prepared to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations.

Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.

Don't walk, swim or drive through floodwater. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.

If caught on a flooded road with rapidly rising waters, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.

Stay out of areas subject to flooding. Underpasses, dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc. can become filled with water.

Around the Region

⚠️ According to the Wise County Office of Emergency Management, the Wise County Courthouse and all courts will be closed Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, due to inclement weather.

⚠️The Kingsport Aquatic Center is closed all day on Friday, Feb. 7, due to flooding in the parking lot. The Mid-South Conference Championship swim meet will occur as scheduled. Shuttle service for spectators of the meet will originate in the lower lot of the Meadowview Conference Center parking lot and run to the back of the Aquatic Center.

⚠️UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, UVA Wise is now closed Friday, Feb. 7.

⚠️ UPDATE: Johnson City Schools now closed Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

⚠️ In Northeast Tennessee, the following school systems in our region are closed Friday, Feb. 7. 2020: Hawkins County, Rogersville City, Washington Co. (TN) Schools, Hancock County, Tri Cities Christian, Unicoi County, Johnson County, Elizabethton City, Greeneville City, Bristol (TN) City, as well as Sullivan County (illness) and Kingsport City (parent teacher conferences).

⚠️ In Southwest Virginia, the following school systems in our region are closed Friday, Feb. 7, 2020: Scott County, Wise County, Washington County (VA), Norton City, Lee County, Buchanan County, Washington County (VA) Schools, Dickenson County.

⚠️ Mountain Empire Community College is closed Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

National Weather Service in Morristown extends flood warning

The National Weather Service in Morristown has extended the flood warning until 12:30 p.m., EST, Friday, Feb. 7, for:

Sullivan County in east Tennessee...

Washington County in east Tennessee...

Southeastern Jefferson County in east Tennessee...

Cocke County in east Tennessee...

Greene County in east Tennessee...

Unicoi County in east Tennessee...

Johnson County in east Tennessee...

Carter County in east Tennessee...

In addition, the flood warning has been extended until Saturday morning for the North Fork Holston River near Gate City, Virginia, affecting Hawkins, Sullivan and Scott counties. At 8:15 p.m., Thursday, the stage was 14.7 feet. Flood stage is 12.0 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast. The National Weather Service at Morristown forecasts the river will continue rising to near 16.5 feet by Friday morning, but is then expected to begin falling. The river will fall below flood stage by Saturday morning. At 18 feet, the warning says, several homes are flooded and 20 to 30 acres are inundated.

The National Weather Service in Morristown has extended the flood warning until 11:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 7, for...

Eastern Lee County in southwestern Virginia...

The City of Norton in southwestern Virginia...

Scott County in southwestern Virginia...

Wise County in southwestern Virginia...

In addition, the flood warning has been extended until Saturday morning for the Clinch River at Cleveland, Virginia, affecting Russell, Scott and Wise counties. At 8:45 p.m., Thursday, the stage was 20.4 feet. Flood stage is 14.0 feet. Moderate flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast. According to the National Weather Service at Morristown, the river is expected to continue rising to near 20.7 feet, but is then expected to begin falling. The river will fall below flood stage by early Saturday morning. At 21.0 feet, the water treatment plant and several houses are flooded, along with about 100 acres in the area around Cleveland.

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