Flooded roads in Claiborne Co. trap 50 people in their homes

More than 50 Claiborne County residents are trapped in their homes following the weekend weather.
Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 6:01 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 31, 2021 at 6:18 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -More than 50 residents are trapped in their homes after almost 30 roads across Claiborne County were flooded this weekend.

Claiborne County crews say they have been working from dawn to dusk rescuing those trapped.

It’s not only roads that are flooded in the county, but newly formed ponds littering the community.

“Oh my goodness. We’ve seen flood water before, but never seen it to the likes of this. I don’t know it was just, it looked like a huge lake coming down through there,” said Shirley Earls, Tazewell resident.

Shirley and her husband have lived in Tazewell for three decades and own a cattle farm they lease out. The couple says they’ve never seen the creek so high from the rain.

“A lot of water. It builds up behind us. It builds up kind of in the low-lying fields, but other than that it’s a lot of runoff,” said Shirley.

Claiborne County resident, Eugene Halford’s family has a 200 acre cattle farm and now muddy ponds too.

“It won’t take long you’d be surprised. Like I said with the hills the water runs off. It’ll build up down the road a little bit but typically around here it’ll drain pretty quickly,” said Halford.

Gabby Moncada is a Claiborne County resident who couldn’t access the road to her house the other day. She says her heart goes out to all those who are still trapped.

Residents are eager to see the water drain before more rain comes to town.

Stacey Crawford with the Highway Department says they still have at least 50 people who can’t leave their homes because of the flooded roads. Crews say they are hoping to have the roads cleared by Easter.

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