Most of the flooding has ended, but cleanup begins this morning across the North Carolina mountains, where the job of storm recovery is being hampered by cold temperatures and snow.
Appalachian State University said Thursday morning that it will follow a normal class schedule, with the school’s bus system operating inside the Boone city limits.
More than 100 people spent the night in shelters in Watauga County, after streams flooded, closing at least 10 roads. Flooding also was reported in Avery, Ashe, Caldwell, Mitchell, Buncome, Henderson, Jackson and Swain counties.
In Boone, residents of one apartment complex were displaced and the Appalachian State University library reportedly was flooded. Police in Boone reported making two swift water rescues of trapped motorists.
While it rained for more than six hours, the heaviest precipitation fell between 4 and 6:30 p.m. The Boone airport reported more than 5 inches of rain in a two-hour period and 2 1/2 inches in a 45-minute span from 4:30 to 5:15 P.M.
Temperatures fell below freezing early Thursday morning, and snow began falling in Boone around 3 a.m. At daybreak, light snow was falling in Boone, with winds gusting over 45 mph. Meteorologists said a weak low pressure system will cross the mountains later Thursday, dropping between 1 and 4 inches of snow in the higher elevations.
Wednesday’s flooding was severe enough for Appalachian State University officials to cancel evening classes, and warn students to move their vehicles from two parking lots in danger of flooding. High water also was reported near the Tweetsie Railroad theme park.
Kraut Creek spilled out of its banks, forcing evacuation of the ground level of the Bavarian Village apartments, according to several reports.
Firefighters in Boone had to round up propane tanks that had come loose when high water flooded a propane company. Residents of several nearby homes were forced to seek shelter until the tanks were secured.
The Boone Fire Department reported mudslides on several roads. Shortly after 5:30 p.m., social media reported at least one person was being rescued from high water on Shulls Mill Road, in the Foscoe community. The Boone Mall parking lot, which frequently floods in heavy rain situations, had about 3 feet of water at 6 p.m.
Streams also were out of their banks in Ashe County, and flash flooding was reported in Valle Crucis.
In Avery County, authorities reported flooding on Mullen Hill Road, off N.C. 19; and on N.C. 181. The Linville River was rising rapidly early Wednesday evening and threatening to cover a roadway bridge. And in Newland, flooding was reported on Linville and Pineola streets.
The western edge of the foothills counties -- western Caldwell, northwest Burke and northern Rutherford counties -- also were included in the flash flood warning. Meteorologists reported nearly 3 inches of rain had fallen between 1 and 5 p.m. on the east side of the Blue Ridge.
In Buncombe County, law enforcement officials reported high water had closed U.S. 70 near Black Mountain. Widespread flooding also was reported in Henderson County, near Hendersonville.
And Asheville residents reported flooding near the Biltmore House.
And a flash flood warning was in effect for Transylvania County, with flooding reported on the Davidson and Upper French Broad rivers. Flooding was reported in and near Brevard, Lake Toxaway and Rosman.