COSBY (WATE) – The Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Cosby campground will remain closed after Rock Creek spilled over its banks causing road and utility damage.
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Rangers said flash flooding washed away more than 6 feet of dirt from the shoulders of the entrance road to the campground, exposing underground electric and phone lines. They said they had to evacuate 30-40 people Monday night. Tuesday morning, park rangers were able to clear enough rocks and debris from the roadway to be able to escort campers from the campground.
Crews said more than 1,500 feet of the road was damaged. They said they are still working to asses the damage and make repairs.
The campground will remain closed until power and water can be restored and repairs are completed. Trails are open, but there is no trailhead access. Hikers are advised to use caution in the area. Roads in the campground are closed to all pedestrian traffic.