Chattanooga: Schools, roads closed because of inclement weather

Chattanooga: Schools, roads closed because of inclement weather

December 9th, 2009 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Many schools and roads in the Chattanooga area were closed this morning as the result of storms during the night that led to high waters covering many highways and mud slides in some areas.

Hamilton County Schools were among those closing for the day because of the disruption caused by storms that swept through the region Tuesday night.

The commute of many Signal Mountain residents was halted as a result of two key arteries off the mountain - Signal Mountain Road, the W roads and Robert's Mill Road - are closed to traffic and impassable.

A rock slide has also blocked State Route 27 on Suck Creek Mountain near the Hamilton-Marion County line.

Bradley County had several roads covered with water Wednesday morning, said Matthew Casson,

Staff Photo by Tracy Trumbull Hamilton County work crews stabilize the eroded hillside wednesday morning after heavy rains overnight.

Staff Photo by Tracy Trumbull Hamilton County work crews...

administrative assistant for the County Emergency Management office.

"One of the side benefits of the strong wind is that it keeps the water moving and dries

things out a little faster,'' Mr. Casson said.

Some downed trees and utility lines were reported in several spots of the county,

Mr. Casson said.

No injuries or structural damage was reported, he said.

"There are no reports of any creeks or waterways out of their banks,'' Mr. Casson said.

Staff Photo by Lesley Onstott Suck Creek rd. is damaged by a mudslide due to heavy rains.

Staff Photo by Lesley Onstott Suck Creek rd. is...

And overnight there was no need to activate the EMA system, he said.

The Bradley County Road Department monitored the calls and responded to any affected roadways.

Check out this timesfreepress.com later in the day for continuing updates and read tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press for complete coverage.

Staff Photo by Tracey Trumbull W road closed

Staff Photo by Tracey Trumbull W road closed