Knox County Engineering and Public Works crews answered calls through the evening and into the night as residents first began reporting storm-related issues Monday just after 6 p.m. In all, 24 downed trees, 12 high water areas and three road issues were reported.


“These storms came in hard and fast,” said Knox County Engineering and Public Works Director Jim Snowden. “But our teams are well-equipped to do what they need to do to fix any problems that come from heavy storms and fast-rising water.”


The first crew—Mark Parris, Junior Russell, AJ Bales, Lucas Kidwell, Adam Knolls and Corey Smothers—was able to get to work just prior to 7 p.m. and the second crew—Ricky Howard, Erick Brock, Gavin Davis and Mike Young on the second—took over just before 11 p.m.


The last report came in at roughly 12:45 a.m. Tuesday morning.


“Nothing stops our folks in Engineering and Public Works from working hard to make sure our roads are clear and safe,” Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs said. “Their work never seems to stop, and I am always grateful for their commitment to service.”