City discusses solution to end flooding on Prosser Road

(WBIR - Knoxville) When it rains, it pours and turns Prosser Road in East Knoxville into Prosser Lake.

Flooding on Prosser Road near the zoo and Chilhowee Park has been a nuisance for many neighbors and is drowning them with frustration.

After heavy rain in the area, Prosser Road is filled with standing water.

Neighbors say over the past 30 years the problem has gotten worse, going from a minor issue to a safety hazard for those who travel the road.

"It's very dangerous with people driving down Proser Road, particularly at night when it rains. I've seen cars that have been covered in water and so it has been a very dangerous place for people to drive," said State Representative Joe Armstrong.

Friday, city officials discussed Prosser Road and what can be done to improve its drainage. It's a conversation the City of Knoxville has had several times before, but now it seems a permanent solution is on the way.

"What we're looking at is raising Prosser Road approximately seven feet in order to help alleviate the roadway flooding. And also, we're looking at a pump station near Timothy Avenue to help draw down some of the water from a sinkhole over there," said Knoxville's chief civil engineer, Tom Clabo.

Construction is expected to take place in the summer.

The cost of the entire project is right at $1.7 million, which Clabo said has already been budgeted.


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