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Frogurt Parking Lot Caves In After Rain Pummels High Country, July Rain Totals Double Monthly Average

A portion of the Frogurt’s parking lot caved in after more than 3 inches of rain fell in Boone on Sunday. Photo by Ken Ketchie

By Jesse Wood

July 8, 2013. As seen above, a portion of the Frogurt parking lot off of Blowing Rock Road in Boone caved in during the heavy rains that took place on Sunday.

Boone received more than 3 inches of rain on Sunday, according to data compiled by Ray’s Weather.

Brenda Henson, an administrative support specialist with Boone Planning & Inspections, said two staff members “have been out and looked at” the parking lot of Frogurt on Monday.

Those two staff members were out of the office early Monday afternoon and unavailable for comment about the damage to the property, which is owned by Frogurt Properties, LLC, according to tax maps at the Watauga County Register of Deeds. The Frogurt business on Blowing Rock Road has been closed since December.

As we all know, Mother Nature has pummeled the High Country with rain in 2013. Along with year-to-date precipitation totals that have been close to, if not at, unprecedented levels throughout the High Country, the July rain totals so far have doubled the monthly average within the first seven days of the month. Ray’s Weather noted that the monthly average in Western North Carolina is about five to 5.5 inches of rain in July. 

According to data collected at local weather stations by Ray’s Weather, this is how much rain has fallen through July 8:

  • Boone – 10.9 inches
  • Appalachian Ski Mountain – 10.5 inches
  • Zionville – 8.84 inches
  • Valle Crucis – 9.77 inches
  • Seven Devils – 11.27 inches
  • Sugar Top – 11.57 inches
  • Beech Mountain – 7.28 inches
  • Banner Elk – 7.6 inches
  • Newland – 8.83 inches

Also, take a look at the year-to-date rain totals from January to June 2013. 

Year-to-date totals from January to June. Courtesy of Ray'sWeather.com
Year-to-date rain totals from January to June 2013. Courtesy of Ray’sWeather.com