WNC bracing for potential flooding


Heavy rainfall could cause some flooding in parts of Western North Carolina. 

By midday on Wednesday there was standing water on the Oklawaha Greenway in Henderson County. The consistent rainfall swelled Mud Creek. 

Emergency Management Officials say that’s why they are going to be keeping an eye on low-lying areas. 

“We’re just monitoring the regular problem areas that we generally have, that we know will flood.” Kevin Waldrup, the Henderson County Fire Marshal, told 7News. 

North Carolina Department of Transportation crews in Henderson County are prepared to put up barricades if roads become impassible. As always they want to remind drivers it’s both extremly dangerous and illegal to disregard the posted traffic signals. 

“You know… turn around if the road is blocked,” said Waldrup. 

The severe weather and record rainfall that crippled Western North Carolina in 2018, also helped Emergency Management officials identify new areas prone to flooding. 

Polk County Emergency Management Director Bobby Arledge says it also helped them identify weaknesses in their Emergency Prepardness plans, that they’ve since addressed. 

“We’re ordered some stuff and bought some stuff that after the mudslides we really needed,” Arledge said. 

Arledge says the new radios will elminiate dead zones that emergency crews were previoulsy dealing with while out in the field. But that wasn’t the only upgrade. 

“We went ahead and purchased, it’s a NIXEL altering system,” he said. 

With the potential for flooding, Arledge says the new system will come in handy to alert residents of any type of severe weather. 

“We used to have Code Red and we still have Code Red, but we are phasing it out and moving into NIXLE completely. It’s just a lot easier to use, it’s more user friendly on our end,” Arledge told 7News. 

If you have signed up for Code Red in Polk County, you do have to re-sign up for NIXLE notifications. Click here to signup. 

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