Blue Ridge Energy says recent heavy rains and flooding damaged the electric system in 84 different locations of their service area.

Although line crews used ATVs to reach some areas of damage, washed out roads and flooding made some areas totally inaccessible and hampered restoration.

According to the cooperative, there were 1,229 members were impacted by 34 damaged locations in Caldwell County, 1,353 members were affected by 20 damaged locations in Watauga,  2,939 members lost power from 25 damaged locations in Ashe, and 35 members were impacted from 5 damaged locations in Alleghany. Blue Ridge Energy crews were assisted by contractor crews from Pike Electric and Asplundh Tree Expert Company.  

Recent heavy rains likely contributed to a rock slide on Interstate 40 in Haywood County near the Tennessee state line Monday. By late Monday night, one lane of traffic was open but crews continue to work on the slide. Detours have been set up to get around the area. It’s the same spot where a slide occurred in February. AAA Carolinas urges drivers in western North Carolina to use caution while driving through areas that were affected by the heavy rains and flooding of the weekend. While waters have subsided, there may still be debris on some roadways, and there are still some roadways that are closed.