On August 13, 2013 the Watauga Roads facebook shared a picture of the 1940s flood in downtown Boone. Below are two comparisons of how that same area looks 73 years and two days apart.
Information and picture courtesy of James Lewis “Seventy-three years ago today, the rain soaked mountains slumped under a deluge of rain and 16 souls in Watauga County perished. A few days ago, the late photographer Paul Weston's niece brought by a collection of photos her uncle took that memorialize those dark days. This is one showing King Street in downtown Boone.”
Aug 15, 2013 via http://wataugaroads.com/cams/