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National Weather Service issues flood warning for Ashe

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Reader Catherine Altice provided this photo of flooding near the Brownwood Road area of Ashe County, the site of the New River Marathon just two days ago.

Originally published: May. 6, 2013
Last modified: May. 6, 2013

Adam Orr

Following a soggy weekend, late rain Sunday night has resulted in flooded basements and low water bridges across Ashe County and the High Country.

According to the National Weather Service's Local Storm Reports Database, flooding was reported as early as midnight near the intersection of Ed Little Road and NC 88 W in Clifton as the New River overflowed the bridge.

“All the low water bridges are under water and the water levels will continue to rise,” said Ashe County Emergency Management Coordinator Patty Gambill. “But, nothing major has been reported at this point and we are just monitoring the situation.”

Area fire departments are responding to routine calls, but have not been asked to be on stand by, according to Gambill.  Scattered reports of downed trees have also been reported.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., has also extended a flood watch for eastern Ashe County through 1:15 p.m. this afternoon, with a Flood Watch to remain in effect through midnight.

"Up to two inches of rain have already fallen," according to the NWS alert issued Monday morning, after doppler radar indicated as early as 7 a.m. that heavy rain could cause flooding. "Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area."

Drivers are reminded not to cross areas where water covers the roadway, as the water depth may be too great to allow safe passage, and should find alternate routes. 

"In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain," according to the NWS. "It takes only a few inches of swiftly flowing water to carry vehicles away."

Heather Samudio contributed to this report.

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