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Portion of Cherokee Lake still unsafe for swimming

Portion of Cherokee Lake still unsafe for swimming

Four days after sewage overflowed into Cherokee Lake, swimmers are still urged not to swim in one section of the water. 

A car accident caused a power outage at the Spring Creek pump station in Morristown on Labor Day. The outage resulted in 90,000 gallons of sewage seeping into the lake.

Portion of Cherokee Lake closed after untreated sewage spill

Portion of Cherokee Lake closed after untreated sewage spill

A portion of Cherokee Lake near Morristown is off limits to swimmers after officials estimate around 94,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the lake near Spring Creek.

It happened Monday morning in Morristown around 9:30 a.m. near Olen Marshall Bridge.

Authorities say a hit-and-run driver crashed into guy wires on a power pole on Cherokee Park Road.

The accident caused a power outage on two separate lines going into a sewage pumping station. The raw sewage overflowed into Spring Creek while the pumps were off for 47 minutes.

Gov. Haslam declares disaster for flood zones

Gov. Haslam declares disaster for flood zones

Some financial help is on the way for victims of this month's floods in East Tennessee.

Governor Bill Haslam announced a U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration for several counties after severe storms and flooding damaged homes and businesses on August 5.

The declaration includes hard-hit Washington County as well as Greene and Hawkins counties.

It makes homeowners and businesses affected by the disaster eligible for low-interest loans.