Weather woes in Bell


By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]



Photo courtesy of Brian O’Brien The rain coupled with debris caused damage along Paula Drive.


Photo courtesy of Brian O’Brien The shoulder began to crumble away on Paula Drive after Wednesday’s storms.


According to Bell County Emergency Management Director Ben Barnett, Wednesday’s storm caused problems in various areas of the county.

The city streets of Pineville quickly flooded from drainage issues. The drains became clogged from debris from the storm, but workers quickly and efficiently worked to clear the drains and alleviate the flooding in the downtown area.

Main Street Pineville put up a message on their Facebook page warning of the flash flooding in Pineville. The post advised for drivers to use caution if they had to be on the roads. The post asked for drivers to stay inside and off the road if possible and to send them a message if they needed any attention.

The post also said the storm drains were cleaned out within the past two weeks and crews were out working on the situation as it was occurring.

Trees were down all across the county and road crews worked to remove them and keep all roadways passable.

A live wire came down near the entrance of Pine Mountain State Park during the beginning of the storm, forcing drivers to take a longer, alternate route through the park.

Paula Drive had various issues from the heavy downpour of rain. Reports indicated a boulder blocked a culvert drain pipe at the top of the mountain and altered the direction of drainage water. The rushing water caused rocks and debris to destroy a brick wall and part of a driveway as well as filling a pool with rocks.

With rainy weather threatening to continue, a flash flood warning will be in effect until Friday morning.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ ReinaDailyNews.

Photo courtesy of Brian O’Brien The rain coupled with debris caused damage along Paula Drive.
http://middlesborodailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_fllod.jpgPhoto courtesy of Brian O’Brien The rain coupled with debris caused damage along Paula Drive.

Photo courtesy of Brian O’Brien The shoulder began to crumble away on Paula Drive after Wednesday’s storms.
http://middlesborodailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_weather.jpgPhoto courtesy of Brian O’Brien The shoulder began to crumble away on Paula Drive after Wednesday’s storms.

By Reina P. Cunningham

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