Hawkins schools closed Thursday and Friday due to potential flooding

Jeff Bobo • Feb 5, 2020 at 7:18 PM

ROGERSVILLE — With reports of some Hawkins County roads already being flooded Wednesday evening, and more rain on the way, the Hawkins County school system announced Wednesday evening it will be closed Thursday and Friday.

On Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Morristown issued flash flood warnings due to heavy rainfall expected Wednesday night through Thursday evening across East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Southwest North Carolina.

Hawkins County Emergency Management Agency Director Jamie Miller told the Times News Wednesday evening he’d received reports of flooded roadways in the St. Clair community and other areas, with more heavy rain on the way. 

On Wednesday evening, Hawkins County Schools posted on its Facebook page that there will be no school Thursday and Friday “due to current and worsening road conditions and flood advisories.”

It was exactly one year ago that heavy rain flooded roadways, resulting in a life-and-death rescue situation on Blevins Road along Big Creek after a motorist attempted to cross the flooded roadway and floated away.

Deputy Mark Harrell and Hawkins County Rescue Squad member John Gardner swam to her truck, broke out the back window and pulled her out of the sinking truck.

Miller advised motorists to remember that when you approach a flooded roadway, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”