With speculation rampant across the world over the possibility of a mysterious cataclysmic event occurring tomorrow, Dec. 21 in conjunction with the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, Xpress took a look at more realistic local threats this week in the story “Tomorrow Never Knows: WNC Disasters Past, Present and Future.”
As part of our research for that story, we compiled several photos from one of the biggest natural disasters to strike our region in modern history – the floods of 2004. In September of that year, hurricanes Frances and Ivan struck back to back, pummeling some parts of WNC with more than 18 inches of rain and putting big swaths of Biltmore Village and the River Arts District under water.
This slide show is a companion piece to the “Tomorrow Never Knows” story and features images from those floods.
All photos are courtesy of RiverLink, the City of Asheville, and the NCDOT.