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Henderson County Sheriff's Office
Friday February 22nd, 2019 :: 08:48 a.m. EST


Flood Warning until 01:00PM Monday

near Fletcher affecting Buncombe and Henderson Counties The Upper French Broad River basin has received 1-2 inches of rainfall over the past 24 hours and 3-5 inches of rainfall over the past 48 hours. This rainfall is occurring over saturated soils creating above-normal runoff and streamflow response and resulting in significant rises along the French Broad River and its tributaries. A combination of routed flow from the Upper French Broad and local inflow near the French Broad River at Fletcher is causing the river to rise out of its banks, flooding adjacent low-lying areas including greenways, low-water crossings, parks, boat-access areas and other low-lying land. The river will rise above Minor Flood Stage which will result in more significant inundation of adjacent low-lying areas and a few common road closures. Additional rainfall may cause additional rises later today into Saturday so it is important to monitor the latest forecasts and flood products. The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a

* Flood Warning for the French Broad River Near Fletcher.

* from this morning to Monday afternoon, or until the warning is cancelled.

* At 8:15 AM Friday the stage was 12.2 feet and rising steadily.

* Minor Flood Stage is 13.0 feet.

* Minor flooding is forecast.

* FORECAST: The river will rise above Minor Flood Stage by late this morning and continue to rise to near 14.5 feet by this evening.the river will fall below Minor Flood Stage by late Saturday morning.

* Impact...At 15.0 feet...Minor Flooding continues. French Broad River floodwaters may be impacting several roads within the valley, resulting in road closures including along Glenn Bridge Rd., Pinner Rd., Butler Bridge Rd., Nelson Rd., Banner Farm Rd., Brannon Rd., Old Brevard Hwy., and Ladson Rd. Widespread farmland flooding is ongoing with floodwaters impacting some residential and commercial property and outbuildings. Adjacent parks and river access points along the reach of the river are experiencing significant inundation.

* Impact...At 13.0 feet...Minor Flood Stage. French Broad River floodwaters are now inundating Banner Farm Rd. Floodwaters may be approaching portions of Glenn Bridge Rd. Farmland and other low-lying areas within the French Broad River Valley from Etowah to Avery Creek are experiencing scattered flooding. Glenn Bridge Park and river access is experiencing scattered flooding.

* Impact...At 12.0 feet...Action Stage continues. Glenn Bridge Park river access is experiencing minor flooding. Westfeldt Park is experiencing scattered flooding. French Broad River floodwaters are causing isolated to widely scattered farmland flooding.

* Impact...At 11.5 feet...Action Stage Flooding continues. Butler Bridge Rd. is inundated with up to 6 inches of floodwaters from the French Broad River, forcing road closure.

* Impact...At 10.0 feet...Action/Advisory Stage. The French Broad River has exceeded bankfull at the gauge site. Isolated farmland flooding is beginning across the French Broad River Valley from Etowah downstream to Avery Creek upstream of the gauge site.



PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Do not drive cars through flooded areas. Remember, night time makes it difficult to recognize flooded areas. Interested parties along the river are encouraged to monitor the latest forecasts and flood products for potential changes to expected river levels. For the latest forecasts, please visit: Please report high water, flooding, and landslides to the National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg by calling toll free: 1 800 267 8101, or by posting on our Facebook page, or tweet it using hashtag nwsgsp. Your message should describe the event and the specific location where it occurred.

Henderson County Sheriff's Office
100 North Grove Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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Alert Details

Severe - Significant threat to life or property
Expected - Responsive action SHOULD be taken soon (within next hour)
Likely (p > ~50%)
Meteorological (inc. flood)
Flood Warning

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