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Flooding Closing Out 2018 - Brevard NC


December 27, 2018

The lower parking lot at Brevard High School was flooded with several feet of water.

As of noon, Friday, 4 to 6 inches of heavy rain, which began on Thursday afternoon, drenched Transylvania County, creating significant flooding and road closures. Photos of some of the flooding may be seen on page 11A.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) on Friday, the "already saturated soil is producing significant runoff within the French Broad River basin."

"The French Broad River from Rosman to Blantyre is already well above minor flood stage and rising, causing widespread flooding of low-lying areas and water crossings," the NWS reported. "Substantial flooding of low-lying areas adjacent to the river near Blantyre is underway and worsening."

The receding of the French Broad River would take time, the NWS said.

"The rainfall already received combined with additional rainfall of up to an inch through Friday afternoon will cause the French Broad River to exceed moderate flood stage," the NWS said. "Moderate flooding is significant flooding of farmland, parks, boat-access areas and adjacent roads. Some structural flooding is likely."

The athletic fields at Rosman Community Park didn't fare much better, as softball and baseball diamonds became lakes.

The heavy rain also had an impact on DuPont State Recreational Forest.

Based on forecast rain over the weekend, the closure of single-track trails in DuPont would remain in place until at least Wednesday, Jan. 2, DuPont officials said.

Saturated trail surfaces will be soft, so that foot traffic, bicycles and equestrian users will cause erosion issues and rutting, according to DuPont officials. Forest roads and graveled two-track trails, such as High Falls Loop, Triple Falls Trail and Hooker Falls Trail, will remain open as conditions allow.

During a visit to DuPont, the public is asked to pay attention to signage or barricades related to the trail closures. Be aware that all trails, even those that are not closed, may have debris and icy or muddy slick conditions, so use them at your own risk.


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