KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — Wednesday’s rain shower left several people stranded in the University Walk apartment complex in Fort Sanders near downtown Knoxville.
Reilly Swanson, who lives in the apartment complex, said she had never seen heavy flooding in the area while living there. Swanson said the water was so high she had to call to get to work.
“It woke me up at 5 a.m., and there was thunderous, thunderous lighting. I didn’t really think about it anymore, and then when I woke up to go to work, my car was within a foot of I could chase it, but I couldn’t get it out of the gates or anything, so I had to park it again and ask if my dad could pick me up,” Swanson explained.
Several parking lots at the apartment complex were severely flooded on Thursday morning, leaving many cars flooded or trapped in high water.
Housemates Cameron Hamann and Madison Richardson said they were among many people who lived on University Walk and were stuck indoors following flooding.
Richardson said her car was under water and she didn’t notice until she got out to work.
“I grabbed my keys. I took off my work clothes. And I changed so quickly and I ran downstairs and everyone who had cars there. There was a group of us who stood there stunned by what needed to be done,” Richardson shared.
Chris Howley, chief of technical planning for the town of Knoxville, said he was unsure how long it would take to drain the water to a safe level to repair the blocked drainage system.
“We just brought out pumps in sight; in just the last half hour, we’ve got those pumps going and starting to pump that water,” Howley explained.
Howley said power to the University Walk complex is temporarily off as a safety measure after rain last night caused severe flooding in the parking lot, rising above the transformer that supplies power to the area.
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