Blue, the wonder dog, here! If you live in Sevier County like I do, you have been enduring the recent nonstop rain! I would have thought I lived in Seattle these past few weeks, but my dad Jeff assured me that was not the case! I am a curious dog who loves the outdoors! However, these past few weeks I have been curling up next to the fireplace to stay warm and dry! According to the Tennesse Valley Authority, 2018 and 2019 were the wettest years on record! Be that as it may, it seems to me that 2020 could be even wetter! This could turn out to be a problem for those looking for Smoky Mountain real estate.
The recent flooding has been affecting many residents of East Tennessee. Our very own Sevier County had up to 30 roads closed the first week of February this year. Some locals even had to evacuate due to the dangerously high water closing in on many properties in the area. Many businesses closed early on Thursday, February 6, 2020 so that their employees could safely make it back to their homes. School has been already been cancelled once due to dangerous road conditions! It is also safe to say that schools have been having to close frequently this year already due to sickness. This sickness could be at least partially because of the never ending poor weather conditions surrounding our mountains.
Sevier County real estate has always been at risk for potential flooding. That is why the Tennessee Valley Authority built the dam to create Douglas Lake, which is enjoyed by many during the summer months. While this has stopped major flooding in the downtown Sevierville area, it was not able to completely shut down the threat of flooding. That being said, it is very important to make sure that the property you are looking to buy is not in a flood zone! The only way to be sure of this is to rely on an experienced and professional realtor who is familiar with the area. Without the proper information about flood zones, one could find themselves paying outrageous amounts in federal flood insurance which has just recently become available in our area. The average you could pay for flood insurance would be around $708 per year according to the National Flood Insurance Program.
My opinion would be to ditch the possibility of hefty insurance prices and call an experienced realtor today! As a canine, I’m not very good with the phone, but I know you can contact All Pro Realtors at 865-436-0444 for your needs! Trust me, I know a guy….