Heavy Rainfall Causes Flash Flooding and Damage to Roads in Catawba County Saturday, July 27, 2013

RALEIGH — Heavy rainfall this morning has caused widespread flooding, downed trees and power lines in Catawba County, resulting in road closures and detours. Several roads have been compromised, and numerous roads throughout the county have or had high water, including I-40 and U.S. 70. N.C. Department of Transportation crews are monitoring road conditions and will continue working to assess damage as the water recedes.
 
Currently, the following roads are closed due to washed out culverts:
 
·         Old Farm Road;
·         Mull Road;
·         Grace Church Road;
·         Fairway Drive;
·         McLin Creek Road;
·         Lynn Mountain Road;
·         Huffman Farm Road;
·         Palm Tree Drive;
·         Leatherman Road; and
·         Mitchell Road (one lane closed).
 
Also, an area along U.S. 321 Business in Newton is open, but will need to be repaired. NCDOT will post updated road closures to its Traveler Incident Management System, or TIMS, as additional information is available.
 
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning until 3 p.m. for the area. NCDOT advises motorists to drive with caution and to not drive through standing water, and urges drivers to watch this video for tips on traveling safely during severe weather.


 
NCDOT advises motorists to not attempt to drive around barricades and to follow any posted detours.
 
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit our travel webpage or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.
 
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This photo is of U.S. 321 Business in Newton. Rushing water damaged the roadway and pipes underneath it.

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This image is of Old Farm Road in Catawba County.

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This picture is of the damaged pavement on McLin Creek Road in Catawba County.

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