Floods sweep Biltmore Village in Asheville

Posted January 31, 2013

— Strong to severe thunderstorms that marched across North Carolina Wednesday caused widespread flooding in western parts of the state, including Asheville.

At Biltmore Village, things had calmed Thursday after water barreled through Seth Buckner's paint and body shop 24 hours ago. 

"It was shooting down the road like a river," Buckner said. 

The last time he remembers his shop flooding like that was in 2004, when remnants of Hurricane Ivan blew through.

"It was rain, non-stop. You couldn't see in front of yourself, it was raining so hard," Buckner said about Wednesday's storm. "We were not expecting anything like this at all. It hit us really hard, really fast."

But as quickly as it hit, the water soon receded. The swollen waters of the Swannanoa River threatened to spill the banks Thursday, but there was no other obvious sign of the flooding.

More than 3,000 people in Buncombe and Henderson counties remained without power as of 4:45 p.m.


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