Several roads in Yadkin County were flooded in the overnight hours, reported Yadkin Emergency Services Director Keith Vestal on Monday morning. As the rain subsided in the area, some of those flood waters have receded although a few roads remain impassable this morning.
Dinkins Bottom Road, Butner Mill Road, South Jonesville Boulevard, Richmond Hill Road at the Rockford bridge and Aquila Creek Road remain closed due to flooding from heavy rains as the remnants of what was Hurricane Florence came through the area.
Vestal said the flooded roads were discussed with Yadkin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin on Sunday evening, prompting him to make the decision to close schools for Monday.
A press release sent out by Yadkin County Emergency Services on Sunday indicated that flooding could still be a major issue for parts of the county.
“In gathering data from the National Weather Service and FIMAN (Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network) we have been made aware of the potential for major flooding in Yadkin County. This will be along the Yadkin River and associated feeder streams. This storm is producing large amounts of rainfall here in the county and in the mountains. The runoff from this rain is projected to crest the Yadkin River in Jonesville to 26.6 feet at or around 12 noon tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 17,” the release stated.
On Monday morning, Vestal said the reports had improved slightly.
“Where they were forecasting a 26.6 feet rise has now been downgraded to a 23.1 feet around two o’clock,” Vestal said. “We’re still 100 percent operational at the EOC and watching the river to see what is going to happen.”
Vestal said that National Guard teams with high ground clearance vehicles are on standby.
“They will be used to evacuate anyone that may be trapped with flood waters if it comes on up as predicted and then we will make the determination to open shelters. None are open at this point,” Vestal said, just before 9 a.m. on Monday.
Those living near the Yadkin River or other feeder streams are still asked to keep vigilant watch throughout the morning and afternoon.
The State of Emergency for Yadkin County and municipalities with the county has been reissued and officials are continuing to monitor the situation.
A storm information hotline has been established and can be found on the Yadkin County Website www.yadkincountync.gov or by calling 336-849-7713.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.