Floods, then snow. Frogs next? Nope. Potholes.

After this rain/mud/mess, expect potholes to come up around town.

Caught up with Public Service director David Brace via email today, who said that his crews have been working to respond to the rain and slides on Cherokee Trail and Alcoa Highway. Normal flooding areas were handled as usual with road closures.


Meanwhile, the snow is coming. The city’s stocked on salt and other road clearing chemicals.

“We are monitoring the weather forecasts and our crews are prepared to “gear up” if the forecasts indicate accumulating snow,” he wrote in an email today. “At this point we are not anticipating pre-treating the streets since they are very wet and more rain is predicted. That being said, we’ll monitor the situation and brine applications make sense, we’ll deploy.”

So go get your bread and milk. And watch for potholes, too.

“We are starting to see a spike in potholes and I am estimating with this heavy rain and water sitting on area roads, we’ll see a significant spike next week after the cold, freezing weather sets and freeze/thaw cracks imperfections in the road,” he wrote.

My layperson prediction is that this is going to be a rough month on city roads.


About Gerald

A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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