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UPDATE: Overnight Flooding Closes Roads PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Sunday, 25 September 2011 05:37

Weather that hit the High Country in the early morning hours Sunday showed just what a flash flood could be, that as Kraut Creek spilled out into campus at ASU and into Faculty Street and Blowing Rock Roads.  A series of small but intense storms—probably no more than 10 miles wide, (photos submitted by reader)

lined up and followed each other as they reached the area, starting just after 2am Sunday.  By 3am, roads were flooded, apartments, businesses, and university buildings were being damaged by flood waters, and students found themselves in the middle of the mess, according to a university communication on the situation. They listed a portion of the west end of Raley Parking Lot as closed for debris clean and will be closed indefinitely while the
culverts and stream banks are repaired. The Physical Plant staff worked diligently throughout the morning hours to clear buildings of standing water while Student Programs took on the task to clear Legends of standing water. One off-campus apartment complex adjacent to the Raley parking lot was damaged by the flooding, and the apartment management company is providing alternate space for
students who are temporarily displaced by the damages. The ASU release said that University Police, Boone Fire Department and Boone Police Department were very busy with calls during the height of the flooding, and that many of the problems were the result of students driving and walking through flood waters.


Along Blowing Rock Road, our radio stations were damaged by water and mud that encroached on a number of areas, with the lots at Red Carpet Inn, McDonalds, and Wachovia damaged and covered in debris.  Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Sudderth said that there was some building flooding along Kraut Creek through town, but that no evacuations were necessitated by the flooding. He also said that Hwy 105 South had some minor mud slides around 3am, and that the NC DOT cleared these. A large dumpster was spotted lodged against the bridge on the Blowing Rock Road side of Boone Mall. In other areas, Avery reports the bridge on Greene Road closed due to high water, and in Ashe, NC88 west in Warrensville is closed, as is Stanley Rd., and there are reports near Golf Course Road of water over the road.



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