Published On: Wed, Dec 9th, 2009
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High Rains cause River to Flood

One Feather staff report

High rains on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 8 and the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 9 caused parts of the Oconaluftee River to flood.  The rains also caused downed trees and a mudslide in the Big Cove area.  

According to Nancy Gray, Great Smoky Mountains National Park spokesperson, several roads within the park are closed due to downed trees including:  portions of Little River Road between Townsend Wye and Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, Laurel Creek Road, Cades Cove Road, and Cherokee Orchard Road. 

She also said a windspeed of 101 mph was recorded at the Cove Mountain Air Quality Station at 3am on Wednesday morning.

For more photos of the flooding, 

http://www.nc-cherokee.com/onefeather/photo-galleries/?album=43&gallery=43

 

Picnic Anyone?  Ducks were the only ones wanting to have a picnic as the Oconaluftee River flooded the Oconaluftee Island Park on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 9.  (Photo by Scott McKie B.P./One Feather)

Picnic Anyone? Ducks were the only ones wanting to have a picnic as the Oconaluftee River flooded the Oconaluftee Island Park on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 9. (Photo by Scott McKie B.P./One Feather)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A downed tree caused damage to this car traveling on Big Cove Road on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 9.  (Photo courtesy of Vita Nations - One Feather contributor)

A downed tree caused damage to this car traveling on Big Cove Road on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 9. (Photo courtesy of Vita Nations - One Feather contributor)

High rains caused a mudslide in the Big Cove Community.  (Photo courtesy of Vita Nations - One Feather contributor)

High rains caused a mudslide in the Big Cove Community. (Photo courtesy of Vita Nations - One Feather contributor)

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