Friday, March 13, 2009

Linville Falls, Before and After Hurricanes 2004

With all the rain we are having now, I thought it would be a good time to share these amazing photos of Linville Falls. I have written about the hiking trails here in an earlier post.

In September of 2004 the High Country got hit with 3 hurricanes, back to back to back. The latter two were just one week apart. We measured the rain and had received 18 inches during one storm before the gauge blew away! Both came after dark so we could not see where the Linville River was or how high it had risen. The Linville Fire Department was situated on the other side of the neighborhood bridge during the first hurricane but could not get to us because the river was over the bridge and cut us off.

We were lucky. The river came withing feet of our house but stopped there. Many of our neighbors had water up to their knees in their homes. By daylight we could see how high the river had gotten. One of our cars had been completely in the river before it started to go back down. Our neighbor Jerry actually caught a trout with his bare hands that was swimming in the vacant lot next to our house.

All this water continued down to Linville Falls damaging many trails and overlooks there. The park was closed for the rest of the season due to the damage.

I hope we never see another flood like that again. The last one happened during the 1940's and that too was very severe in the High Country.

Photos courtesy of Ray's Weather.

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