Hamilton County Schools Have 2-Hour Delay

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hamilton County Schools will open on a two-hour delay today.  The extra time will provide daylight for drivers on their way to school this morning.  School-age childcare will open on the normal schedule at all locations.  The district will continue to monitor rainfall and water levels throughout the day and the remainder of the week.

Bradley County Schools, Cleveland Schools and Meigs County Schools will have two-hour delays on Thursday due to weather conditions.

Those closed include Bledsoe, McMinn, Monroe and Van Buren County Schools.  

Rhea County Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday due to illness.

There was a mudslide behind the Mapco on Highway 299 off I-24 in Dade County.

Meanwhile, in an effort to assist in providing real time road closure information in Hamilton County, the Hamilton County Emergency Communications Center now provides that information on its website here.

 

Under Active Incidents, select the “Road Closures” filter to see the list of roadways that are designated as “closed” in the CAD system.

Chattanooga had minor flooding overnight, but most roads were reopened by Wednesday morning.

A Flood Watch remains in effect with more rain expected today.

Here was the situation at 6:30 a.m.:

Cummings Highway at Interstate 24 – Roadway is open

5400 Dayton Blvd. – no longer flooded and A-1 Barricades will be removing the barricades

1900 Dodson Ave – no longer flooded and A-1 Barricades will be removing the barricades

Castle Dr at Rogers Rd – no longer flooded and A-1 Barricades will be removing the barricades

Hazards:

12700 Jones Gap Road – tree down blocking both lanes of traffic.

2900 Poe Road – large tree in the roadway.

S Germantown / S Terrace – traffic light and street lights out at this intersection.

225 Aster Ave – 2-3 feet of swiftly flowing water.

Gadd Road / Hunter Trail – large tree blocking the roadway at 02:39 – Per EPB, will be closed extended amount of time.

Bradley County Schools had a two-hour delay.

The Flood Watch from the National Weather Service says:

A Flood Watch is in effect for today as additional rainfall this evening could lead to flooding.

Abundant rainfall over the past couple of weeks have lead to saturated soils and high river and lake levels. If a particular location gets a few rounds of heavy showers it could lead to localized flooding of low lying areas. Mountain wave high winds for the mountains and adjacent foothills of east Tennessee and southwest Virginia are expected through tonight bringing the possibility of downed trees and structural damage. .

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Thursday through Tuesday Preiods of rain are expected across the area Thursday night through Saturday night. Since the ground is already saturated and streams are high, flooding will be possible.

Here is the latest Chattanooga forecast:

Today
Rain likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. High near 56. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight
Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 49. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday
A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 56. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Thursday Night
Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 48. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Friday
Showers. High near 58. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Friday Night
Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 50. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Saturday
Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday Night
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 53. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Sunday
A 20 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 57.
Monday Night
A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Tuesday
A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 57.

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