The rains that have been falling since Sunday are causing
flooding and power outages throughout the High Country.
Watauga County Schools will be closed
due to the flooding. The holiday/snow day program at Hardin Park will not operate. Two Rivers
Community School is operating on a two-hour delay.
According to the National Weather
Service office in Blacksburg, 4.53 inches of rain has fallen at the Watauga Medical Center station
in Boone since early Sunday afternoon.
In Boone, Deerfield Road has been closed near the
Moose Lodge as the river creeps out of its banks, and other areas are affected as well. Capt. Mike
Teague of the Boone Fire Department said firefighters helped two people from the flood waters Monday
morning after their vehicle became stuck at Deerfield Road near the golf course.
Department of Transportation has been called to several areas due to debris in roadways.
rock slide caused by heavy rains Monday morning blocked one lane of U.S. 321 just south of Blowing
Rock below the Green Park Inn. The Blowing Rock Police Department directed traffic at the area
beginning around 6 a.m. By 9 a.m. the debris was cleared from the highway and both lanes were
Boone Police Department is reporting that the Boone Mall entrance off Blowing
Rock Road is closed, and water is standing in parts of Blowing Rock Road, especially near the mall
entrance and Staples.
The Watauga River at Sugar Grove is at a stage of 12.75 feet this
morning -- well above its flood stage of six feet -- and is still rising, the NWS said at 8:13 a.m.
"Expect this river and numerous smaller streams and rivers to remain in flood much
of today," stated an alert from the NWS office in Blacksburg.
The persistent rain also has
loosened tree roots and caused a number of trees to fall on power lines, according to Blue Ridge
Electric Membership Corporation.
Exactly 487 members in Watauga County were without power
as of 6:45 a.m., with another 63 customers in the dark in Ashe County, Blue Ridge Electric
Linemen worked throughout the night restoring scattered outages across Watauga, Ashe
and Caldwell counties, including the largest outage that resulted from a tree on a power line in
Watauga County that affected more than 5,000 members from around 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., said
Renee Whitener, public relations director.
Members are encouraged to report outages
by calling the cooperative's PowerLine at 1-800-448-2383. They also may call any Blue Ridge
Electric district office to speak to a member services representative to report the location of a
downed power line.
Stay far away from downed power lines, as they can still be
To check outage status at any time, visit Blue Ridge Electric's online outage
map at http://www.BlueRidgeEMC.com,
where outage preparedness and safety tips can also be found. Updates
are also available on the cooperative's social media sites at: http://www.facebook.com/blueridgeemc