By Jesse Wood
Jan. 30, 2013. It’s coming down. Many roads and areas in the High Country are flooded. As one Facebooker commented on Watauga County Road Conditions, “Rivers Street is living up to its name.”
The Boone Mall, of course, is flooded with at least 10 cars standing in water that has risen to hood levels as of 5 p.m.
At the Wendy’s intersection at the corners of N.C. 105 and U.S. 321, cars are treading in water that is at bumper levels, and a sinkhole has formed at Appalachian Panhellenic Hall, the former hotel turned into a dorm for sororities.
Kenneth Reece of Watauga County Road Conditions noted, via scanner reports, that a mud slide happened near Tweetsie Railroad and a stump is lying in the middle of U.S. 321; “big chunks of asphalt” washing onto N.C. 105 near the building supply; and cars are stalling out due to the high water. He added that several roads around Boone are being closed.
The rain doesn’t look like its stopping anytime soon.
The flash flood warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect until 8:15 p.m.
Be safe out there.