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The flooding on Wednesday, Jan. 30, filled valley communities like Crossnore with water, turning pastures into lakes.

Originally published: 2013-01-31 10:08:43
Last modified: 2013-01-31 10:54:51

Flooding follows downpour

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Rainstorms made the evening commute difficult or even dangerous on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 30, for many motorists, as floodwaters cut off or washed out roads. In many places, the waters breached homes. The extent of the damage is yet to be determined, as the situation became complicated late in the evening when plummeting temperatures froze accumulated water and changed the rain to snow and sleet.
The icy conditions caused by the combination of rain and snow storms caused Avery County Schools to close on Thursday, Jan. 31, along with other area schools, including Mitchell, Yancey and Watauga.
The included pictures show the state of flooding between 5 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Look to and the next issue of The Avery Journal-Times for updates.

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