Sumner County trying to get permission to clear debris, prevent future flooding

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SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Residents are still working to recover and clean up after severe weather swept through parts of Sumner County last Friday.

On Tuesday, News 2 went to Station Camp Creek Road located in the southern part county. Like many times before, the road flooded on Friday.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

In an effort to prevent future flooding in the area, the county is trying to get permission to clear out all the debris and growth in the creeks that cause flooding. However, federal and state regulations prevent them from doing so.

“I spent last week and part of this week trying to get permission to clear out the debris under the bridge which causes the water to back up,” resident Bob Scott said. “I went from TDOT, the Department of Transportation, to the Tennessee Department of the Environment and Conservation, to the Corps of Engineers is involved because they have jurisdiction and couldn’t really get anybody to say we can do it.”

News 2 spoke with Sumner County executive, Anthony Holt who said the issue is one that plagues many parts of the county.

“This is the kind of thing we are experiencing all over the county,” he explained. “You can see the debris, you can see these plants are just kind of taking over. There’s a good reason that we want to keep aquatic life healthy because we really have to focus on water quality, we don’t want to pollute things, but at the same time, it makes it very difficult to get into these areas and clean this stuff out. We would like the availability to get in here and do some work and be a little bit proactive.”

Anthony Holt (Photo: WKRN)
Anthony Holt (Photo: WKRN)

Scott added, “We need the people who govern the creek, the environmental protection people, to mellow a bit so we can accomplish some maintenance and preserving what we have here.”

Holt said Sumner County is petitioning for a disaster declaration to get state and federal funds to help residents back on their feet after last week’s flooding.

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