Wednesday Night Rain Brings Flooding, Many Spots Receiving 3+ Inches

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A forecast storm that brought rain Wednesday night left many of the usual flood prone locations under water into the overnight. Boone Police reported that the Boone Mall parking lot, Bamboo at the airport and near the Moose Lodge were flooded for a time. The rains also caused a mudslide on Elk Creek Road. The Watauga River gauged showed the river reaching moderate flood stage of 10.17 feet at 2am. Several accidents in the county starting occurring as the rains picked up intensity. Motorist were impacted for a considerable amount of time by two accidents on highway 105 at the Shull’s Mill entrances. It is not known if weather played a factor in the initial three vehicle accident, followed by a single vehicle accident just a few yards from the first wreck.

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National Weather Service reporting stations in Watauga County. 24 hour totals ending at 10:27am Thursday

FOSCOE 1.2 WSW –  4.49 IN 0645 AM
BLOWING ROCK 4.4 NE –  3.82 IN 0700 AM
BLOWING ROCK 2.2 NE –  3.81 IN 0700 AM
2 W BLOWING ROCK –  3.61 IN 0933 AM
AHO –  3.58 IN 0700 AM
3 SSE FOSCOE –  3.52 IN 0935 AM
VALLE CRUCIS 1.4 –  SSE 3.29 IN 0800 AM
BLOWING ROCK 2.8 ENE –  3.25 IN 0700 AM
BOONE PRECIP (TVA) 2S –  3.16 IN 0915 AM
BOONE –  3.05 IN 0937 AM
1 ESE BOONE –  2.84 IN 0655 AM
WATAUGA RIVER/FOSCOE –  2.84 IN 0825 AM
BOONE 0.6 N –  2.73 IN 0730 AM
VALLE CRUCIS –  2.65 IN 0700 AM
BEECH MOUNTAIN 1.2 SE –  1.69 IN 0600 AM
BETHEL 2.5 N –  1.67 IN 0700 AM
1 NNW BEECH MOUNTAIN –  1.43 IN 0936 AM

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