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Street Flooding Traps Whiteville Residents

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

HARDEMAN COUNTY Tenn. - Whiteville Police said Murphy Lane off of Union Springs Road flooded Sunday afternoon, causing more than 50 residents to be trapped.

Chief Steve Stanley estimates the water is nearly 5 feet deep, making it impossible for residents living on the other side of Murphy Lane to leave their neighborhood.

"This water is moving so swiftly it could very easily over turn a car, take a car off the roadway, it is just too dangerous," said Stanley.

Whiteville Police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were unable to cross the flooded street to put up road closure signs. Crews had to signal to residents trying to cross to turn around.

The Superintendent of Highways David Sipes told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Murphy Lane floods several times each year, and the city is tired of it.

"They are more frustrated than I am, and I would be too if I lived on this road," said Spies.

A $400,000 grant has been approved for the city to build a new bridge that would raise Murphy Lane up 4 feet. A pre-constructon meeting is set for January 17.
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