NCDOT workers rescued as clean-up starts from western NC flooding

  

Pictured above: Two NCDOT employees escaped this dump truck after it ended up in the Catawba River while they were trying to clean-up from a mud slide in McDowell County – Picture courtesy of the NCDOT

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(AUDIO: Please listen to the report above to hear this audio). The sound of water rushing in western North Carolina which is experiencing flooding right now.

An earlier evacuation order for those in the Lake Tahoma area has been lifted. That was put in place due to concern that a landslide had compromised the safety of a dam.

(AUDIO: Please listen to the report above to hear this audio). McDowell County spokesperson Richelle Bailey.

Two NCDOT employees had to be rescued in McDowell County this morning after the tandem dump truck they were using to clear a mudslide ended up in the Catawba River. Both climbed out through a passenger window and stood on the side of the truck until they were picked-up.

N.C. Department of Transportation crews have been working around the clock to assess damage, remove debris, clean pipes, and clear ditches in counties spanning from Cherokee County in the far west to Surry County in the northeastern mountains.

Road conditions will change throughout the day. Some roads may reopen after water recedes or small slides are cleared. It’s also possible for road conditions to deteriorate and other roads to be closed.

Transportation officials remind motorists to drive with extra caution and never cross moving water. It can takes inches — not feet — of running water to wash away a vehicle.

Below is a list of highways and primary roads that are closed in the western part of the state. Some secondary roads — but not all — are included.

AVERY COUNTY
Highway U.S. 221
Secondary Roads
Pilot Ridge Road
Edgemont Road

WATAUGA COUNTY
Secondary Road
Rominger Road near Watauga River Road

IREDELL COUNTY
Secondary Road
Hill Dairy Road

CALDWELL COUNTY
Secondary Roads
Brown Mountain Beach Road
Old Johns River Road
Camp Carolwood Road

BUNCOMBE COUNTY
I-40: Two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane near MM 67
Highways
Swannanoa River Road
Fairview Road at Swannanoa River Road
Sweeten Creek Road near Biltmore Village
Riverside Drive
U.S. 25 in Biltmore Village

McDOWELL COUNTY
I-40: Two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane near MM 67
Highway
N.C. 80 northbound

MITCHELL COUNTY
Highway
N.C. 197

RUTHERFORD COUNTY
Highway
U.S. 64/74
Secondary Road
Bills Creek Road near Antioch

HENDERSON COUNTY
Secondary Roads
Middle Fork Road
Brookside Camp Road
Willow Rd. at River Road
Butler Bridge Road from Jeffress Road and Tap Root Dairy
Ledbetter Road
Balfour Road
Gilliam Road
Hooper Lane
Hoopers Creek Road
Nix Road
N. Ridge Road
Erkwood Road
S. Mills Gap Road
Howard Gap Road between Nix Road and N. Clear Creek Raod.
Old Airport Road at Blue Ridge Community College
East New Hope Road off of Old Airport Road

MACON COUNTY
Secondary Road
River Road

POLK COUNTY
U.S. 176 between Ozone Drive and Harmon Field Drive
Secondary Roads
Howard Gap Road
Holbert Cove Road
Abrams and Moore Road
John Watson Road
Green River Cove Road

TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY
Secondary Roads
Island Ford Road
Barclay Road
Davidson River Road
Cascade Lake Road
Wilson Road

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