Avery County residents, businesses, and campers spent Wednesday cleaning up after overnight storms caused flooding, power outages, and downed trees.
After the Linville River flooded its banks into the campground, RV owners who were staying at Down by the River Campground near Pineola had to evacuate their units, a report said.
The report mentioned Steve Reese, his wife, and their dog who came from Florida to camp. Reese was grateful that the river stopped below his camper.
Reese stated, “A little more and it could have been much worse.” “We’ve never seen it rain so much. Even in Florida, it was raining through the hurricanes. It was pouring here.”
Only the couple had to clean their camper and their outdoor furniture and called it “absolutely a relief”.
According to the report, Avery County Emergency Management informed them that they evacuated 122 Linville Land Harbor residents and 13 Down by the River Campground residents Tuesday night.
The report also mentioned Channing Watson who expressed that he has “never seen the dam overflow so much.”
“It’s much wider than normal,” he added.
He also said that Tuesday night’s storms weren’t typical.
In the report, Watson stated, “The wind was whipping and the rain was more intense than I’ve ever seen it,” It was intense. It was the most intense I have ever seen.
Social media was used by the Avery County Sheriff’s Office to dispel a rumor claiming that deputies asked businesses to close Wednesdays for clean-up.
The sheriff requested that people tell their friends the rumor was false, the report said.