Rescues take place, roads close in Caldwell County due to flooding

CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV ) - Rescues took place and three roads were closed in Caldwell County due to flooding in Johns River and Wilson Creek Friday afternoon.

Along the area, rescue crews had to hike in to get to people who retreated to their roof tops in two homes.

According to Caldwell County Emergency Services, the closed roads are Brown Mountain Beach Road at Adako Road, Old Johns River Road at Highway 90 and River View Circle at the bridge near Collettesville School.

Officials said many low water driveway bridges are inundated, and several bridges on the main roads are under water too.

There are no entrapments or injuries reported at this time.

Water was rising in the area even though the rain had stopped falling and flood danger could last well into Saturday.

Johns River was rising again late Friday night causing big problems in the Collettesville and Edgemont areas.

The boat access area along Highway 18/64 near Morganton was inundated and runoff from mountains was pushing water levels up in Johns River and Wilson Creek.

As the rain continues, the Red Cross reopened a shelter for people impacted by flooding. The Polk County location is located at Polk County High School at 1681 NC 108 Highway East.

A second location is Caldwell County was opened at Gamewell Middle School at 3210 Gamewell School Road.

Red Cross officials say shelters in McDowell and Watauga County are on standby.

“We are staging equipment and supplies and have more volunteers on standby so they may be ready to be deployed as needed, where needed,” said Angela A. Broome Powley, the regional executive officer of American Red Cross Western North Carolina Region.  “Flooding is the most current natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere. Please follow your local weather channel and follow instructions of your local emergency management officials.”
The shelters in Caldwell County and Polk County were both closed as of Saturday afternoon.

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