Rising waters led to 18 rescues throughout Henderson County on Thursday, one involving an SUV whose driver thought she could navigate the rising water but quickly found her car floating.
Henderson County saw a lot of water across roadways from low lying areas on Spartanburg Highway to West Blue Ridge Road, where King Creek spilled over the dam and Jordan Pond overflowed at the Mill House, sending water rushing over and under West Blue Ridge Road, buckling the roadway. NCDOT did a preliminary assessment, and the road remains barricaded tonight.
"The saying is water always wins. You see why. It will get into everything. You want to keep it out, but it will make its way in. It's powerful," said Fred Roane, who was out surveying the damage.
"It’s historically pretty low lying on this side of town, so you expect it to flood, but this is above and beyond," Travis Wray, of Hendersonville, said.
Behind East Henderson High School, Wayne Murphy found his home surrounded when Bat Fort Creek spilled its banks and flooded his small pond and most of his yard. He still had power but needed waders to get from the porch to his driveway.
"The ground was already saturated from yesterday. It’s the rain. It just got this bad, but it could be worse. There are a lot of people that lost everything," Murphy said.
According to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the county had more than 40 roads with water over them early in the day. By 12:30 p.m., some of that water had started to recede.
Officials said some areas could take several days to dry out because the storm water drainage system was overwhelmed from all the rain.
Authorities urge drivers to heed barricades and don’t drive around them.