Heavy rain soaks western Carolinas, northeast GA - FOX Carolina 21

Heavy rain soaks western Carolinas, northeast GA

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A rockslide had closed part of a roadway in the Ridgecrest area of Buncombe Co. after heavy rains. (May 6, 2013/FOX Carolina) A rockslide had closed part of a roadway in the Ridgecrest area of Buncombe Co. after heavy rains. (May 6, 2013/FOX Carolina)
A western North Carolina road covered in water prompted concerns for drivers on Sunday. (May 5, 2013/FOX Carolina) A western North Carolina road covered in water prompted concerns for drivers on Sunday. (May 5, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

After a few days of rain and cloud-covered skies, the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia continued to feel the effects of the downpours on Monday.

Heavy rain caused a few mudslides across the mountain areas including a slide along Highway 74 in Henderson County Sunday night.

As of Monday morning, Highway 70 was closed in both directions west of Black Mountain because of a landslide while another slide east of the mountain had NC 9 blocked, according to NC DOT officials.

Norfolk Southern officials said a worker was killed during a mudslide two miles east of Black Mountain Monday morning.

FOX Carolina Meteorologist Nicole Papay forecast that patchy rain will persist through Monday, though some areas will see some drying.

Some Upstate and western North Carolina counties remain under a flood warning, though most have been removed from the flood watch list. Click here to see all active alerts.

The heavy rain fall prompted rising rivers and even some damage across the Upstate and mountain areas on Sunday. An emergency shelter opened on Sunday in Pickens County for residents along the Saluda River, though the flood threat decreased, allowing the shelter to close Monday morning.

In the Asheville area, several roads were closed to traffic because of rising flood waters from the French Broad and Swannanoa rivers including:

  • Lyman Street near Riverside Drive (at 12 Bones)
  • Riverside Drive under the train trestle from Hillside Drive to Amboy Road
  • Sections of Amboy Road
  • Azalea Road east at the soccer fields
  • Swannanoa River Road from Caledonia Road to Glendale Road
  • Emma Road at Craven Street to the railroad trestle

Drivers are reminded to follow detours and barricades' instructions and to not try and drive across roads with standing water.

In Woodruff, a historic building was damaged by the heavy rains and winds.

Temperatures are forecast to remain cooler than normal reaching into the 60s through Monday, said Papay.

Meteorologist Andy Wood said the area will see scattered storms on Tuesday, with brief periods of heavy rain with the chance for small hail. Sunny skies and warmed temperatures are forecast to return to the area later in the week.

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