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Flash flooding ends in McDowell County, but some rivers remain dangerously high

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Heavy rains and flooding in McDowell County washed out a bridge on Mount Hebron Road in Old Fort early Thursday morning.

One resident from the area showed our teams video of the creek from Thursday morning, with the water several feet over the bridge and raging.

This has been the case this morning for multiple roads across the county, several of which were closed after mudslides.

McDowell Count EMS also confirmed a successful swift water rescue was performed Thursday morning near Crooked Creek.

Flash flooding has ended there, but some rivers remain well into flood stage. And those issues could persist into this evening since the river was still rising well after the rain stopped.

Smaller creeks and streams fed the Catawba River throughout the day and forced some residents and campers at the Tom Johnson and River Breeze campgrounds to evacuate as it reached flood stage.

River Breeze residents, who experienced flooding after heavy rain fell in May, said once the owner called residents this morning to inform them the river was rising, everyone pitched in to help.

"He said the waters up to, next to the bottom of the camper, you might want to come and move it," River Breeze resident Gerold Young said. "No demands or anything, but, as soon as we got here, he was sitting there to help. And everybody pitched in, and there was people we had never met helping one another."

Emergency management said the Mountain Paradise Campground was also evacuated Thursday morning because of flooding. But it seems, so far, other residents have not been displaced.

The county did close the emergency shelter earlier today.

A flood warning was extended from this afternoon for the Catawba River, which is expected to drop below flood stage later tonight. But some impacts could linger for the next few days or more.

McDowell County Emergency Management officials said residents can report storm damage to structures, private bridges and culverts by calling 828-652-3241.

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