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Flood Advisory including Avery County – Tuesday June 20, 2023

Last Updated on June 20, 2023 11:57 am

Avery NC-Burke NC-McDowell NC-Mitchell NC-Rutherford NC-Yancey NC-
1151 AM EDT Tue Jun 20 2023


  • WHAT…Flooding caused by excessive rainfall is expected.
  • WHERE…A portion of western North Carolina, including the
    following counties, Avery, Burke, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford
    and Yancey.
  • WHEN…Until 530 PM EDT.
  • IMPACTS…Nuisance to Minor flooding of low-lying areas adjacent
    to streams and other poor-drainage areas, including farmland,
    greenways, parks, boat-access areas, golf courses, low-water
    crossings, and low-lying roadways. High flows over low-water
    crossings and low-lying roadways are possible and water may
    approach low-lying structures.
  • At 1138 AM EDT, Doppler radar and rain gauges have reported
    2-5 inches of rainfall since midnight along the northern Blue
    Ridge Escarpment, adjacent foothills, and northern NC
    mountains. Areas of McDowell County from Lake Tahoma to
    Pleasant Gardens to Marion to Woodlawn have received isolated
    totals of 6 inches, with at least three inches occurring from
    training showers and thunderstorms over the last 2-3 hours.
    This has caused areas of Minor flooding impacting several
    low-water crossings and secondary roads, with water
    approaching properties. Additional nuisance to Minor
    flooding is likely across the northern NC mountains,
    including and especially the headwaters and tributaries of
    several streams including the North Fork Catawba River,
    Linville River, upper Catawba River, Buck Creek, Warrior
    Fork, South Toe River, Cane River, and the North Toe River.
  • Showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop through
    the afternoon hours. These showers will be very efficient at
    producing heavy rainfall and soils are saturated. Therefore,
    additional heavy rain will quickly create new areas of
    flooding and cause previous areas of flooding to redevelop.
    Caution is advised near any stream or other vulnerable area.
    Seek higher ground immediately when heavy rain develops.
    Flash Flood Warnings may be issued during the day and into
    the nighttime hours. Please have a plan in place should
    flash flooding develop and do not hesitate to act.
  • Some locations that may experience flooding include…
    Morganton, Marion, Spruce Pine, Burnsville, Newland, Drexel,
    Old Fort, Banner Elk, Elk Park, Bakersville, Beech Mountain
    In Avery County, Crossnore, Sugar Mountain, Seven Devils,
    Linville Falls, Lake James State Park.


In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are
potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded
roads. Find an alternate route.

Flooding is occurring or is imminent. It is important to know where
you are relative to streams, rivers, or creeks which can become
killers in heavy rains. Campers and hikers should avoid streams or

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