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Flooding closes roads, schools in western N.C.

Posted September 20, 2009
Updated September 21, 2009

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— Flooding in more than 20 counties in western North Carolina has closed roads, delayed schools and forced evacuations, and forecasters say more rain is on the way.

National Weather Service meteorologists say that flood watches in effect since Sunday would not expire until 8 p.m. Monday.

The French Broad River on the Transylvania and Henderson county line was expected to crest Tuesday morning and remain above flood stage until Wednesday evening. Many counties reported more than 3 inches of rain over the past 24 hours.

Polk County Emergency Services evacuated homes along a 7-mile stretch of road Sunday as water rose to the windows on some houses. Officials in Henderson and Transylvania counties reported water rescues Sunday for motorists stranded on flooded roads.

"You've probably been hearing a lot about the rain that's been going on to our south and west over the past couple days," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. "It continues to rain across waterlogged parts of north Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee. Even the west part of our state has had its part of the rain over the weekend," he added.

On Sunday, 3.27 inches of rain fell on Asheville, shattering a 96-year-old record. Since last Monday, 4.41 inches have fallen there.

In Polk County, firefighters watched rising water levels and went door-to-door asking residents in low-lying areas to move to higher ground.

Henderson County authorities said that one car was stranded in rising waters. At least a half dozen trees were fell in Buncombe County, and about 100 people in one part of the county lost electricity.


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  • time4real Sep 21, 2009

    shazzzammmmmmmmm, and not a drop for us. barely a cloud. can you say water restrictions? can you say raise the rates so you'll stop bathing again? what's that smell???????????

  • Adelinthe Sep 21, 2009

    People have died in GA from flooding, and a toddler is missing.

    Praying for them all.

    God bless.


  • bikinibare Sep 21, 2009

    My daughter, who lives at Lake Lure, said they might have to evacuate Chimney Rock

  • timothycapwell Sep 21, 2009

    Hopefully the remnants of Fred will bring some rain to our part of the state. If so, will Greg have to eat his words? He said Fred wouldn't affect the U.S., but that's not gonna be true. Did he mean "Fred" as a named storm or any remnants of Fred? Hmmmmmm....roll the video tape!

  • twhemrick Sep 21, 2009

    Becareful what you pray for. We live in Knxville, TN since Wednesday I have measured over 5 inches of rain in our rain guage and more coming. Good Luck Bad Luck, Who Knows?

  • carnival glass Sep 21, 2009

    If I remember correctly. We all prayed for rain back during the drought. I guess it finally made it.

  • m0nky Sep 21, 2009

    lots of people got rain quite a few days around the triangle last week, time4real.

    also, i heard if you use more than one "?" it gets your point across better.

  • time4real Sep 21, 2009

    i'm sure glad someone in this state is getting some water. last week wral called for rain just about all week, all weekend and even into this week, well, where'd it go Mr. Fishel? WHERE???????????????????????????????????????????????????????
    ? you guys couldn't forecast a sunrise!