Flooding In Western Counties
All this rain has the ground saturated and many of our rivers and creeks spilling over their banks, especially in our western counties.
Long Creek Road in Robbinsville in Graham County has seen flooding. Highway 19 in Jackson County near the Cherokee Reservation had a mudslide and another near Black Camp Gap Road outside Maggie Valley.
In Bryson City, a culvert along Water Street backed up, sending water rushing through a small trailer park, literally eroding the land underneath a handful of trailers. The county building inspector has condemned them and rescue crews had to come in and take the residents to safety. The DSS found motel rooms for them to stay in, but residents wonder how long they have to stay out of their homes. Also, if they'll have to pay out of their own pockets.
Emergency experts are keeping an eye on creeks and rivers ranging from Haywood to Graham counties and everything in between and remind drivers not to drive through standing water.
By Rex Hodge