Flooding closes 7 Caldwell County roads

May. 06, 2013 @ 12:12 PM

Updated: Heavy rains swelled rivers and wreaked havoc in spots across Caldwell County Sunday night and Monday.

But the weather caused less trouble in Caldwell than it did elsewhere in western North Carolina. A Norfolk Southern worker was killed in a mudslide as he checked tracks near Black Mountain early Monday, a rockslide temporarily closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 at the McDowell-Buncombe county line, and trees downed by strong winds termporarily interrupted electricity for thousands of people.

At least seven Caldwell roads crossing streams or rivers were barricaded and closed to traffic Monday. In Collettsville, the area where rain was heaviest, a portion of N.C. 90 just north of Abington Road was closed due to a landslide that washed out the earth underneath one lane. The road may remain closed until Wednesday.

Whether other closed roads will require repairs won't be known until waters recede.

There are two alternate routes: Mulberry Creek Road to Globe Mountain Road to N.C. 90, or Mulberry Creek Road north to Kirby Mountain Road to U.S. 321 near Blowing Rock.

No injuries have been reported.

For more details, see Tuesday's News-Topic.