E. Coli filled flood water on Hunter Rd. caused by sinkholes, say County officials


Tires, lawn ornaments and debris continue to float in standing flood water on Hunter Road.

The flood water, that hasn't receded, only deepens as rain falls and gets murkier as time passes.

The water spans several acres, from the Flagstone subdivision and several other cul-de-sacs nearby.

A spokesperson from Hamilton County Emergency Management Services says several clogged sinkholes might be the cause of all this flood water.

Dan Winstead's says the flood water from Hunter drains into his backyard, where a basin continues to expand.

Dan says he's lived in his home for nearly 30 years and within the last ten he's noticed the basin getting deeper.

He says it's "probably 6 to 8 feet deep."

The spokesperson from Hamilton County Emergency Management Services called the flood water hazardous and contaminated.

She says TDEC tested samples of it and found low levels of E. Coli.

The County says they cannot pump out the contaminated water because there's nowhere to put it that wouldn't compromise the safety of residents in other areas.

A hydrologist and ecologist is scheduled to come look at the flood water on Hunter Road this week.

Until this problem is resolved, Winstead says his grand-kids are not allowed outside, adding, "I've got grand kids and they like to play when it's nice out in the yard."

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