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Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday May 29th, 2018 :: 05:51 p.m. EDT



Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
541 PM EDT TUE MAY 29 2018

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for...
  Western Rutherford County in western North Carolina...
  Henderson County in western North Carolina...
  Polk County in western North Carolina...
  Buncombe County in western North Carolina...

* Until 1100 PM EDT.

* At 533 PM EDT, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated 
  heavy rain falling across the warned area. Up to 3 inches of rain 
  have fallen since 2 PM . Flash flooding is occurring and 
  landslides are likely.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
  Downtown Asheville, Hendersonville, Rutherfordton, Columbus, East
  Asheville, Arden, West Asheville, North Asheville, Black Mountain
  and Mills River.

* The stage at the Swannanoa River at Black Mountain park was 10 
  feet. At this level, flooding of Veterans Park continues. Sections 
  of River Trail Loop and The Oaks Trail are flooding. Veterans Park 
  Drive may start to flood. The stage at the Rocky Broad River at 
  Bat Cave was 8 feet. At this level, homes and campgrounds along 
  the river will flood. The stage at Mud Creek was 7.7 feet. At 8 
  feet, backwater effects along Wash Creek will will cause flood 
  waters to approach the access road to the shopping plaza just 
  south of Gateway Park. This is the intersection of South Church 
  street and South Main Street. 


Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Do not attempt to cross
water-covered roadways, bridges, or low-level crossings. Only a few
inches of rapidly flowing water can carry away your vehicle. It is
not worth the risk. Please TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN.

Runoff from heavy rain into creeks and streams will cause sudden
increases in water levels and flows, even in areas where rainfall has
been light or nonexistent. Hikers, campers and other individuals
outdoors must immediately seek high ground and avoid all streams.

The additional heavy rain will increase the risk of landslides,
especially in areas where slides have occurred in the past. Be
especially alert if you are near a stream, especially at the base of
a mountain or in a cove. Watch for loose-moving soil and rocks or a
sudden increase in streamflow. Leave the area quickly if this is
observed. When driving along roads where the terrain is steep or
rocky, watch and listen for falling rocks, mud, trees and other

When it is safe to do so, please report flood waters or landslides
flowing over roads or threatening property to the National Weather
Service by calling toll free, 1, 800, 2 6 7, 8 1 0 1, by posting on
our Facebook page, or via Twitter using hashtag NWSGSP. Your message
should describe the event and the specific location where it
occurred, including roadways, nearby cross streets, stream names and
other landmarks.


LAT...LON 3582 8236 3575 8233 3571 8228 3568 8229
      3562 8227 3559 8229 3556 8226 3552 8216
      3555 8200 3552 8197 3553 8192 3519 8197
      3518 8237 3521 8239 3517 8244 3515 8258
      3530 8262 3543 8276 3559 8278 3581 8246


Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
198 N Washington St
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 828-287-6247

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