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Emergency declared

Nearly two inches of rain, combined with a week of snow and ice melt, caused streams and rivers to rise in the New River Valley Monday.
Although the New River came close to threatening a number of structures in the Hiwassee and Allisonia sections of Pulaski County, Donald Boyd of Hiwassee Fire Department said no families had to be evacuated as a result of the flooding. He noted that water surrounded a couple of the residences, but they were built high enough off the ground that they weren’t evacuated.
In the Town of Pulaski, Lottier Street in the southwest section of town had to be closed for the second time in about a week. A section of the road that crosses Peak Creek gave way Monday afternoon, blocking several residences from having a way out of the neighborhood.
According to Town Engineer Bill Pedigo, large chunks of ice that broke loose in Peak Creek last week may have damaged the pavement covering the low water bridge on Lottier Street enough to cause a section of it to give way Monday. He said the road is impassible now, but “it won’t take more than an hour” to fix the road temporarily once the water subsides sufficiently to “get a look at” the damage.
Pedigo said a couple of sections of the New River Trail off Dora Highway also were washed out by the flooding, but the damage will not be very expensive to fix. “They’re areas that are always affected (by floods),” he said. “We’ll have to re-grade it, clean up the debris and put gravel back down.”
Until he can fully assess the size and extent of the washed out areas on the trail and Lottier Street, he cannot provide an estimate of the repair costs.
Boyd said it is evident the river is subsiding because areas of Julia Simpkins Road that were under water Monday were clear Tuesday.
Pulaski County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution at its meeting Monday night that placed the county under a State of Emergency as a result of the flooding and the potential residents might be required to evacuate homes.

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Emergency declared

Nearly two inches of rain, combined with a week of snow and ice melt, caused streams and rivers to rise in the New River Valley Monday.
Although the New River came close to threatening a number of structures in the Hiwassee and Allisonia sections of Pulaski County, Donald Boyd of Hiwassee Fire Department said no families had to be evacuated as a result of the flooding. He noted that water surrounded a couple of the residences, but they were built high enough off the ground that they weren’t evacuated.
In the Town of Pulaski, Lottier Street in the southwest section of town had to be closed for the second time in about a week. A section of the road that crosses Peak Creek gave way Monday afternoon, blocking several residences from having a way out of the neighborhood.
According to Town Engineer Bill Pedigo, large chunks of ice that broke loose in Peak Creek last week may have damaged the pavement covering the low water bridge on Lottier Street enough to cause a section of it to give way Monday. He said the road is impassible now, but “it won’t take more than an hour” to fix the road temporarily once the water subsides sufficiently to “get a look at” the damage.
Pedigo said a couple of sections of the New River Trail off Dora Highway also were washed out by the flooding, but the damage will not be very expensive to fix. “They’re areas that are always affected (by floods),” he said. “We’ll have to re-grade it, clean up the debris and put gravel back down.”
Until he can fully assess the size and extent of the washed out areas on the trail and Lottier Street, he cannot provide an estimate of the repair costs.
Boyd said it is evident the river is subsiding because areas of Julia Simpkins Road that were under water Monday were clear Tuesday.
Pulaski County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution at its meeting Monday night that placed the county under a State of Emergency as a result of the flooding and the potential residents might be required to evacuate homes.

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