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Special Report: Record Rainfall

We've been close to breaking our yearly rainfall record for a few months now. But thanks to Tuesday's deluge, we've smashed it.

It was a soggy start to the new year. Thunderstorms, unusual for January, swamped Biltmore Village with several inches of rain. It turned Sweeten Creek Road into a river. The floodwaters receded, but left quite a mess behind.

In May, strong storms sent the French Broad bursting from its banks. Some drivers, ignoring the barricades on Riverside Drive, found themselves stuck. The river also flooded Carrier Park and Amboy Road, leaving some folks to find other means of transportation.

Another multi-day deluge in early June sparked flash flooding and power outages across the mountains. It also brought traffic to a standstill. Madison County was particularly hard hit. Streams burst their banks and swamped nearby homes, roads and bridges.

A couple of weeks later, more heavy rain washed out roads and hillsides in Hot Springs. Some people were even trapped.

More heavy rain in August dampened profits and spirits of farmers in Henderson County. Floodwaters destroyed 6,600 acres of crops, including apples, corn, beans, tomatoes worth nearly $40 million. By the end of August, the yearly rain total was nearly 60 inches. That's almost 30 inches above normal.


 



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