BLACKSBURG, Va. — The National Weather Service in BLACKSBURG has extended the Flood Warning for Watauga County in northwestern North Carolina until 1:45 p.m. Sunday.
At 7:22 a.m., reporting rain gauges indicated that 5 to 9 inches of rain have fallen in parts of eastern Watauga County over the past 24 hours. Two-day totals up to nearly 12 inches have been reported at a CoCoRaHS site east of Boone. At 7:30 a.m. The Watauga River at Sugar Grove stream gauge was at 8.99 feet and was just past the crest which was 9.16 feet at 6 a.m. this morning.
Several low water bridges including Dewitt Barnett Rd and Hubert Thomas Road near Sugar Grove remain flooded, with high water on River Road along the Watauga River. County dispatch reported that Elk Creek Road was closed due to flooding. Light to moderate rainfall continues at this time with rates between 0.10 and 0.25 inches per hour, and this may continue for several more hours.
Some locations that will experience flooding include Boone, Blowing Rock, Beech Mountain, Foscoe and Sugar Grove.
The Flash Flood Watch in effect for portions of North Carolina and southwest Virginia, including Alleghany, Ashe, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties in North Carolina, has been extended through Sunday evening at 8 p.m.
The heavy rain may prompt creeks and streams to leave their banks, including rapid rises of flowing water in naturally low areas.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. Remember...TURN AROUND...DON'T DROWN!