Wilson Creek sirens sound off, some flooding already in NC foothills

Wilson Creek sirens sound off, some flooding already in NC foothills
(Steve Ohnesorge)

COLLETESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - The warning sirens along Wilson Creek, designed to alert locals and visitors that flooding has begun, blared out Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say water levels had reached the minor flooding stage. Heavy rain had fallen in the area and up the mountain where runoff goes in Wilson Creek. Water did escape the banks in places, but the road remained open and when rainfall slacked off, the levels stabilized and even went down a little.

However, Brown Mountain Beach Road, Old Johns River Road, and Valley View Circle along Wilson Creek in the Collettesville area were closed because of flooding.

The rain that fell was not directly from Hurricane Michael but was influenced by the storm as it moved north.

On Thursday, bands of rain from the storm itself are expected in the area as well as some gusty winds.

Officials are urging people to pay close attention to forecasts and conditions and also to have an emergency kit ready at home in case the power goes out.

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