Cleaning up a mess the storm left behind

Reported by: Erik Avanier
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Updated: 5/06/2013 7:18 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - The storm that swept through the Tennessee Valley this past weekend has left a trail of destruction that is keeping city crews and independent contractors busy.

Flooded play grounds, boat docks and observation decks along with overflowing manholes forced Chickamauga Dam operators to open the flood gates after the Tennessee Valley received more than 5 inches of continuous rain over a two day period.

"It's going pretty well considering the amount of rainfall we had for the weekend and we still have a few minor issues with flooding going on still in the normal areas," said Chattanooga Public Works supervisor Jerry Mauldin.

Flooding wasn't the only concern as crews had to also deal with fallen trees and utility lines that left some roads and intersections impassable.

"It's just been steady work. We've cut several trees down and we've basically been staying busy," said Asplundh employee Eric Maynor.

Chattanooga resident Ricky Carter was happy to see crews chopping up a massive three that fell onto the street in front of his home. He's also fortunate the tree fell toward the street and not in the direction of his house.

"I, my nephew and my great nephew were in the bedroom on the top floor and if it would have fallen toward the house we wouldn't have made it," Carter said.

In Red Bank, city transportation leaders were forced to indefinitely close off vehicle access to the 2300 block of Ashmore Ave after excessive rain water caused the street to not only collapse but split in half. There is no word on when crews will be able to make repairs.

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