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Second Rockslide on Hwy 64 in Polk County

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Update: Tuesday, 3pm

A second rock slide happened at 1pm, resulting in the closure of Highway 64 for at least a week.

Here is the latest information from TDOT.

Another slide occurred this afternoon at approximately 1:00 p.m. ET further complicating removal efforts.  Fortunately, TDOT Geotechnical employees on site were able to alert personnel to the possibility of another slide and all people were evacuated before the second slide occurred at 1:00 p.m. 

 TDOT maintenance forces are on the scene removing as many rocks and materials as possible with their equipment.  Meanwhile, the department is working to secure an emergency contract to remove the larger rocks.  TDOT Geotechnical personnel are also on site to determine the stability of slopes in the area and the potential for further slides.  The roadway will remain closed until further notice, but could be closed for more than a week.

 

Update: Tuesday, 2:15 p.m.

Officials on the scene tell our Amy Morrow that the time table for clearing Highway 64 is "indefinite" and they are still in the stage of assessing the situation.

Update: Tuesday, 12:40 p.m.

TDOT reports Tuesday's rockslide will not be cleared until Friday at 1 p.m.

Tuesday, 9:54 a.m.

POLK COUNTY, TN (WRCB)  A massive rockslide has occurred on Highway 64 in Polk County.  Dispatchers say the first call came in a little before 6 Tuesday morning.   It happened near mile marker 17, which is near a "put in" for white water rafters. 

Traffic is blocked in both directions.  There is unknown when this will be cleared up. 

On the East side of Polk County use Boyd Gap near mile marker 22 and on the West side traffic is be diverted onto 314 (Parksville Road).

Eyewitness News has a crew on the way and will bring you the latest in this developing story as it happens.

 

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