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Sinkhole closes road in Polk County over the weekend

Photo by Polk County 911 Emergency Communications District.

A sinkhole has forced emergency management officials to close a portion of Upper River Road in Polk County over the weekend.

The Polk County 911 Emergency Communications District posted a photo of the sinkhole on its Facebook page Saturday night.

The post says the sinkhole is at Upper River Road just past Hitch Drive, going toward Bradley County. It runs between Benton and Charleston.

Officials say the road will remain closed for "an indefinite amount of time."

The Facebook post also says Benton Springs Road going to Chilhowee Mountain is closed due to a washout just past the switchback.

The Polk County 911 Emergency Communications District says all houses on that road are still accessible.

Depend on us to keep you posted.

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