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Persistent Rain, Flooding Cause Problems

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Many mudslides have been reported, blocking roads in some locations. Many mudslides have been reported, blocking roads in some locations.
Widespread flooding has been seen across the area. Widespread flooding has been seen across the area.
Rivers are raging in many places. Rivers are raging in many places.
The rains likely were contributing factors to a roof collapse at a Woodruff building. The rains likely were contributing factors to a roof collapse at a Woodruff building.
Authorities were called to a Woodruff building to find the roof had collapsed and debris had fallen into the street. Authorities were called to a Woodruff building to find the roof had collapsed and debris had fallen into the street.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

Heavy rains and flooding caused problems for residents in  the Upstate and western North Carolina.

Asheville Street Flooding

High river levels have impacted several roads in Asheville, making them impassable to vehicle traffic.

The City of Asheville has barricaded certain streets along the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers and detoured traffic onto alternate routes.  Here's a look at the problem areas:

  • 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.

Woodruff Roof Collapse

The rains likely were contributing factors to a roof collapse at a Woodruff building Sunday morning.

Just before 11 a.m. firefighters from the Woodruff Fire Department responded to a building at 108 West Georgia Street in the town limits. When they arrived, they found that the roof had collapsed and debris had fallen onto the streets.

City of Woodruff Building Inspector Mike Lanford told 7 On Your Side that people had been working on the roof in recent days before the collapse, and a structural engineer will assess the damage on Monday to find out the cause. Lanford said that the building has been condemned.

One person who was living in the apartment in the building at the time of the collapse was not injured. She managed to gather some of her belongings and is living with relatives. A business in the building also sustained damages, Lanford said.

A portion of West Georgia Street has been closed, while one lane of Main Street was shut down.

One of the building's owners, Jerri Harman, issued the following statement:

"On behalf of my husband David and I, we just thank God that no one was hurt when the roof collapsed from the weight of the rain. We look forward to rebuilding and getting back soon. With the support of our family and friends we will get through this and return to business as soon as possible. Thank you. Jerri."

Union County Bridge Closure

Emergency Services in Union County says Monday they have closed the bridge on Sulfur Springs Road because of flooding.

Worker Killed In Buncombe County Mudslide

Officials in Buncombe County say a worker with Norfolk Southern was killed Monday morning in a mudslide.

The crew was at the scene of an earlier mudslide, when a second knocked their vehicle off the track killing one.  Read more here.

Rockslides Reported Across WNC Closing Roads

Several rockslides have been reported in the mountains of western North Carolina.  One occurred on Interstate 40 near the Buncombe/McDowell County line overnight.  Traffic was blocked between Old Fort and Black Mountain.  Crews worked to clear the debris and officials say all lanes are now open to motorists.  Read more here.

Another slide closed US-74A in Henderson County.  It happened Monday morning at Pump Road in the Gerton Community.  A detour has been put in place.  Read more here.

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