The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Record Rainfall Set On July 16, 1916


Lake Toxaway after the dam broke in August of 1916.

During July 1916, western North Carolina, along with much of the southeastern U.S., suffered massive flooding when two hurricanes struck the region. The first, on July 5-6, came up from the Gulf of Mexico through Alabama. The second hit Charleston on July 14 and moved inland, dumping record amounts of rain.

The greatest one-day precipitation amount ever recorded in Transylvania County occurred in Brevard on July 16, 1916. The only official recording station in the county at that time was in Brevard and it recorded 14.70 inches. The largest 24-hour rainfall ever recorded in the entire sta...

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