BOONE, NC (WBTV) - Heavy rainfall has caused extensive flooding in some areas of the North Carolina mountains and some people had to be rescued from their vehicles after water started flooding areas around Boone Mall Tuesday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, a Flash Flood Warning is in effect in Watauga and Ashe counties until 3:15 p.m. where 4-7 inches of rain have fallen in the last 24 hours.
The rain was so heavy in Watauga County, it caused a section of the parking lot at Boone Mall on Blowing Rock Road to flood.
According to the Boone Police Department, the driver of a BMW and two people in a Ford Ranger had to be rescued from the mall parking lot near the JC Penney and Old Navy stores.
As of 11:38 a.m., BPD said Blowing Rock Road was not closed. They are, however, keeping a close watchful eye on the parking lot which is now cordoned off. They are also monitoring Deerfield Road in case it floods over.
The mall is not closed and employees should report to work.