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Floods, landslides, fallen trees close dozens of NC roads



Five deaths in North Carolina are now attributed to subtropical storm Alberto, and more than 50 roads in western NC counties are closed due to floods, mudslides and fallen trees.

Among the deaths are two people who died on flooding on Wednesday and landslides caused a house collapsed near Boone, and a TV anchorman and photojournalist who were killed on Monday as their vehicle at Tryon , NC, was hit by a tree

The fifth death involved a woman, Patricia Case On Friday in Polk County was killed by a mudslide, also near Tryon, reported the television station WLOS

More showers and thunderstorms, including heavy downpours, are possible again today and Friday, which would be even worse, according to the National Weather Service.

The Major Roads Affected by Floods and Mudslides: US 221

at Avery County, US 176 at Polk County, US 64 and 74 at Rutherford County

A Tract on Interstate 40 at Exit Also near Asheville was the 66th Closed because of a landslide. It was expected to reopen around 1pm.

McDowell County Emergency Management reported early Thursday that parts of US 221 and US 226 were reopened by this district, but NC 226A remains closed due to one of the mudslides.

Civil servants were warning motorists not to drive on stagnant water because the water could mask damaged or washed out pavement.

Several rescues have been reported due to floods and landslides.

TV station WSOC reports that three men had to be rescued Wednesday night from the Johns River in Morganton after their kayaks capsized. The three men were found by rescue crews near the entrance to the Huffman Bridge, the station reported.

Two NCDOT workers were rescued from McDowell County on Tuesday after being dumped into the Catawba River by a mudslide, NCDOT reported.

And two other people were rescued from a vehicle after mud slipped on Interstate 40 at 10:00 pm. Tuesday in McDowell County, television broadcaster ABC-11

told driver Lee Ribley, who told ABC-11 that the rescuers connected arms and he and his fiancee pulled out of the car after it was surrounded by hip-deep mud.

"There was a very loud noise, like a freight train," Ribley told ABC-11. "Everything in front of us was just big and turned to mud, so big trees were pulled in and trees and boulders were pulled through."

On Thursday morning, a flood message for the Piedmont including parts of Iredell remains in effect Catagba, McDowell, Alexander, Caldwell and Burke Counties [4] From 4 pm on Thursday, the 48 hour precipitation collections were 4 to 8 inches above the Catawba headwaters River, Johns River and their tributaries, officials said. [196592002] Several lakes in the western NC are "far beyond full pool," including Lake James, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Hickory, and Lookout Shoals Lake, McDowell County Emergency Management said.

Residents around Lookout Shoals Lake near Carpenters Cover were told Thursday to pay close attention to warnings when water is approaching residential buildings and buildings.

Mark Price: 704-358-5245, @markprice_obs


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