• Susan Spruill took this photo of flash-flooding at the intersection of Glenn Church Lane and Chestnut Mountain Road.
    Susan Spruill took this photo of flash-flooding at the intersection of Glenn Church Lane and Chestnut Mountain Road.

Damage from flash-flooding minimal in Mitchell County

SPRUCE PINE – Nearly five inches of rain Monday, Oct. 23, caused flash flooding in parts of Mitchell County.

Mitchell County Schools operated on a two-hour delay Tuesday, Oct. 24, as debris was cleared and NC Highway 197 was closed for part of the night between Monday and Tuesday.

Mitchell County Emergency Management Director Jesse English said surrounding counties such as Catawba and Avery were hit hard, but Mitchell County avoided major damage.

“It got really busy there for a while,” English said. “But I think we really avoided the worst of it.”

Dan Patterson, of Spencer, was camping with his wife, Jatana, at Living Waters Campground in Glen Ayre. The flooding prompted Dan Patterson to write a letter to North Carolina Department of Transportation CEO Bobby Lewis, chief engineer Tim Little and Mitchell County officials.

“My wife and I have now experienced two flash floods while RVing in Glen Ayre the past three years,” Patterson wrote in an email. “The county needs to get behind building a concrete wing wall on Little Rock Creek in front of the campground office on Highway 261 where the flood waters broke out over the highway.”

The MItchell News

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