WNC hit hard by storms with more rain expected and a flood watch in effect until New Years Eve

The Swannanoa River at Biltmore Village rose above flood stage due to heavy rains yesterday and last night. U.S. Geological Survey

WNC was hit with heavy rainfall Monday and early Tuesday morning causing significant flooding, power outages, tornado warnings, road closures and even daring rescues of several Buncombe County residents threatened by rising waters.

The rainfall most likely isn’t finished with us yet. According to the National Weather Service, an additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall will be possible overnight through Wednesday, with additional flooding likely to develop along creeks, streams, and rivers. In addition, heavy rains bring a danger of landslides and mudslides on steep mountain slopes, particularly in areas that have a history of slope failure.

The National Weather Service suggests that during a flood watch those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding begin to develop. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. In addition, those who live on mountainsides or at the base of a mountain (especially near a stream), should be ready to leave as quickly as possible in case flooding or mudslides begin to develop.

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  1. How much did the new brewery aggravate the flooding accross the river? The brewery also displaces housing and causes commuting traffic. It is a significant cause of the 8 lanes.

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