Special Report to Blowing Rock News from NCDOT. April 25, 2017. ASHEVILLE, NC – Rising rivers and creeks have forced the closure of a small percentage of roads in northwestern North Carolina.
Ashe, Surry and Yadkin counties are home to more than 1,100 bridges between them. N.C. Department of Transportation officials have closed eight areas until the waters recede. Crews from the N.C. Department of Transportation are clearing debris as quickly as possible in order to reopen the roads for the evening commute.
- In Ashe County, Campbell Road and McNeil Road, both near Lansing, are closed in both direction due to debris left behind from cresting water.
- Clifton Road east of Jefferson is closed for similar debris.
- Methodist Camp Road east of West Jefferson is also closed.
- Hartzog Ford Road near West Jefferson is closed too even though water has receded from the bridge.
- In Surry County, Rockford Road and Radar Road are closed due to high water.
- In Yadkin County, Richmond Hill Church Road is closed near the Surry County line due to flooding on the roadway.
More than half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into dangerous floodwater. Transportation officials urge motorists to, ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’ when approaching flooded roads and bridges. Less than two feet of water can carry away most vehicles.
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