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Flooding Leads to Evacuations in Boone on Monday morning

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Last Updated on April 13, 2020 6:08 pm

Sustained heavy rains late Sunday night and through the overnight, lead local emergency officials to begin evacuation measures in some sections of Boone early Monday morning

Evacuations in the Holiday Hills, Goshen Creek Lane, Nestle Road, Kellwood, Blairmont, Bavarian Village areas were conducted starting in the 3 AM to 4 AM timeframe.

Boone Fire, Watauga Emergency Management , Boone Police and Watauga Rescue were among the agencies involved.

Some of the evacuees were taken to Samaritans Purse cafeteria, while shelters were also set up at La Quinta and Super 8.

10 individuals went with Red Cross for assistance, according to Taylor Marsh, Wataga County Emergency Management Director.

A person was stuck on top of their vehicle, due to the rising waters, in the area of Deerfield Road near the golf course, according to scanner dispatchs in the 5am hour time frame. In the 6am time frame another vehicle was washed off the road in the area of the Moose Lodge. According to scanner dispatchs there were no injuries in either situation.

Outside of the Boone town limits, Elk Creek Road sustained heavy damage, Marsh also noted. Many of the usual flood prone areas, which you can find at this link https://wataugaonline.com/flood-prone-areas-of-watauga-county/, also were under water for varying degrees of time.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Emergency (https://wataugaonline.com/flash-flood-emergency/) at 3:45am. At the time NWS stated that radar estimates were rainfall was in the 3 to 4 inch range over the last 12 hours.

Due to the rain stopping for the most part, Emergency operations concluded around 8am with all agencies going back to normal operations mode. 

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