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French Broad flooding at Blantyre expected to peak tonight

Motorists negotiate high water on King Street in Hendersonville. Motorists negotiate high water on King Street in Hendersonville.

The French Broad River at Blantyre reached moderate flood stage and was expected to peak at 19.5 feet around 10 tonight before dropping..


The National Weather Service issued a flood warning Sunday for the area. Heavy rain had already swollen rivers and creeks, sent high water over some roads and forced the evacuation of campgrounds in Bat Cave and Lake Lure. Several roads were closed because of high water.

Weather service river guages on Sunday showed Mud Creek at Erkwood Drive flooding, at 8.2 feet, and the French Broad River at Blantyre approaching flood stage, at 15.4 feet, with a forecast that it would rise to 18 feet, classified as minor flood stage.

Rain should continue through Sunday and into Monday and cloudy, cool days are forecast through Wednesday. The heavy rains came for the second straight weekend and after April brought 5.88 inches of rain, 2.55 inches above normal.

Chance of rain is 100 percent Sunday with winds gusts as high as 32 mph. Highs should stay in the mid 50s or low 60s through Tuesday, rising to 70 on Wednesday and 73 on Thursday, which is expected to be mostly sunny.