Area waterways already high; Michael to continue dropping rain

By Wendy Byerly Wood - wbyerly-wood@elkintribune.com
Big Elkin Creek flows just below the roadway under the Market Street/Elk Spur Street bridge Thursday morning. - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Mineral Springs Drive is closed to traffic Thursday in anticipation of flooding from Big Elkin Creek. - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Bystanders get pictures from under the Elkin Public Library of Big Elkin Creek Thursday morning. - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune
Big Elkin Creek roars over the dam at the Elkin Public Library between Main and Market streets Thursday morning. - - Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

A couple of traffic accidents and minor flooding already had been reported Thursday morning, with more weather from Hurricane Michael’s remnants expected to move into the area through the day.

A weather front already had brought rain to the Yadkin Valley region Wednesday, and overnight surface flooding was reported in areas such as Carson Creek Road, Ramey Creek Road and Old Mill Road, according to John Shelton, director of Surry County emergency services.

“We’ve got a couple of traffic accidents out with hydroplanes,” said Shelton Thursday morning.

While the three roads were the ones he knew of where flooding had been reported overnight, he said there could have been other spots, but no one was out to report them.

Already, Memorial Park Drive in Elkin has been blocked off from traffic due to the anticipation of flooding of Big Elkin Creek as the area is expected to get four to six inches of rain in the area as Hurricane Michael passes through North Carolina Thursday.

Shelton said the possibility of flooding is higher in the greater Elkin area with Big Elkin Creek and the Yadkin River already running high from Wednesday’s precipitation.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Surry and Yadkin counties until 2:15 p.m. Thursday, and until 1 p.m. for Wilkes County.

A flash flood watch remains in effect until 5 a.m. Friday, while a wind advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. Friday.

Big Elkin Creek flows just below the roadway under the Market Street/Elk Spur Street bridge Thursday morning.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_creek-up-1.jpgBig Elkin Creek flows just below the roadway under the Market Street/Elk Spur Street bridge Thursday morning. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Mineral Springs Drive is closed to traffic Thursday in anticipation of flooding from Big Elkin Creek.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_creek-up-2.jpgMineral Springs Drive is closed to traffic Thursday in anticipation of flooding from Big Elkin Creek. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Bystanders get pictures from under the Elkin Public Library of Big Elkin Creek Thursday morning.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_creek-up-4.jpgBystanders get pictures from under the Elkin Public Library of Big Elkin Creek Thursday morning. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Big Elkin Creek roars over the dam at the Elkin Public Library between Main and Market streets Thursday morning.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_creek-up-3.jpgBig Elkin Creek roars over the dam at the Elkin Public Library between Main and Market streets Thursday morning. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

By Wendy Byerly Wood

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