TDOT preparing for more flooding and road damage
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The past two days have dumped over four inches of rain across some portions of the Tennessee Valley, leaving streams and roadways flooded.
With additional inches in the forecast, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is taking proactive action to make sure impacts are minimal.
TDOT spokesperson Jennifer Flynn says their focus will be on roads that are a high risk for issues with continued rainfall.
“The problem areas we would have in our area are mountain roads because there’s trees close to the roadways, and leaves get into the ditches and there’s the possibility that some dirt or rocks, mud or rocks could slide onto the road,” said Flynn.
Crews will be out cleaning out drainage ditches, cutting trees and clearing debris off roads as the weather continues.
One of the worst flood areas is Cummings Highway under interstate 24, an area Flynn says is already being taken care of.
“There’s a project underway to address those drainage issues and so we’re aware of that and if the water starts coming up out there the contractor will pump it out,” she said.
TDOT is also reminding drivers of some key points to stay safe when roads flood.
Flynn said “If there’s standing water, if the road is closed, if there are barricades up whether it be a county road, a city street or a state highway do not go around those barricades.”
Drivers should also slow down when heavy rain falls and turn on their headlights while it is raining to increase visibility.