Fred causes flooding, closed roads in the NC mountains

Asheville flooding

The remnants of Tropical Storm Fred moved through the Carolinas Tuesday, dumping heavy amounts of rain and spinning off tornadoes in parts of western North Carolina. 

On Wednesday, the mountain communities in the west were still reeling in the storm’s aftermath as multiple roads remained flooded, and a temporary shelter at an Asheville church opened to those who evacuated and were displaced by the storm, according to officials. 


“There are also multiple road closures throughout the county. Among those road closures are significant closures on Old 70 and Highway 70 between Black Mountain and Swannanoa,” a news release from Buncombe County government states. 

Fred made landfall as a tropical storm Monday on the eastern Florida panhandle, and stormed through the Southeast, dumping close to 10 inches of rain over some parts of North Carolina, according to weather authorities. There were also 47 tornado warnings across the Carolinas Tuesday, and several apparent tornado sightings in the state. 

“Because of flooding, the Swannanoa Fire Department and Buncombe County Emergency Services are advising people in the Grovemont Community to shelter in place,” the Buncombe County government release says. 

Government officials encouraged those in impacted areas to remain at home and reminded motorists not to drive through standing water on the roadway. 


Detours are in place for Asheville Rides Transit routes (N5, N1, N2, S1, WE1 and S5) due to flooded areas and fallen trees. Click here for transit service updates. 

“Many thanks go out to our emergency services personnel and first responders, who worked all night to keep our community and neighbors safe during this dangerous storm,” said Buncombe County Manager Avril Pinder.

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