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24 Hours after one of the biggest rain storms in Highcountry memory, high water levels remain throughout the area and dangerously cold temperatures have made driving and even walking on wet surfaces a daunting task.  Everything that got wet in the rain storm has frozen solid in the nearly 20 degree temperatures.

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Water hasn’t receded enough not to spill over roadways and driveways.  This is the scene at many Highcountry homes and businesses; water overflowing and threatening to freeze.


Standing water remains in spots all over Avery and Watauga Counties.

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If you recall these shots from last night’s post; shot from the same location.  The sign is still not out of the water and the normally calm spillway at Mill Pond, in Banner Elk, is running almost as strong.

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This scene has been replayed all over the area.  Work crews trying to dig out drains that became unstable and collapsed during the rain storm.

At this location, water was running across the road instead of beneath it.  Work crews had to dig out the dig clogging the drain pipe.

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More shots from the same locations as last night’s blog show the water has gone down but still has a long way to go.

Highcountry roads are going to continue to be dangerous for the next few days as water freezes and new snow comes down.

If you must be out on the roads, take extra care and time getting to your destination.

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