The heavy rain from last week into Monday continues to cause problems for people in the High Country.

The Watauga Democrat reports rain totals from the National Weather Service indicate that the highest amounts were up to 15 inches along the Watauga and Avery border area in Seven Devils and Grandfather Mountain State Park over the period of May 15 to 22.  

A 30 foot section of Adams Apple Drive off Highway 105 near the Watauga Aver County line washed away, leaving about 25 homes inaccessible by vehicle, forcing residents to go on foot to get in and out of their neighborhood. According to the report, Adams Apple Road is not a state owned road, and property owners will be responsible for repairs.

Valle Crucis, Foscoe and Vilas saw major flooding after the Watauga River crested at 16.15 feet, rising 9.5 feet in just six hours.

The section of US Highway 221 along the shoulder of Grandfather Mountain will remain closed for as much as 4 weeks, according to the report, after an 80-foot stretch of the road washed out along one lane. The road is blocked off between Pilot Ridge Road near the Watauga Caldwell line, and Edgemont Road near the intersection with the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

The Linn Cove Viaduct on the Parkway was to reopen Thursday, after about three months of renovations. However, the wet weather has delayed the opening. Paving work cannot be completed with the rainy conditions of late. According to the report, the Viaduct will remain closed until conditions improve. Crews will need 48 to 72 hours of dry weather for the work to be done.

Highway 221 was the designated detour around the Viaduct until the roadway was damaged from flooding.


This story has been corrected to indicate "paving" and not "painting." GBR regrets the error.