After a week of worry and preparation for what was predicted to be historic flooding, Yadkin County residents can now breathe a sigh of relief.
“The danger of flooding should be over with,” said Yadkin Emergency Services Director Keith Vestal around 12 noon on Monday.
Vestal said the river had crested as high as it was going to go and they had conferred with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg which predicts only a chance of some additional rain showers which will not be enough to cause additional flood danger.
The National Guard units that were on standby to help evacuate those in flood zones have been demobilized. Vestal said they were feeding the members of those teams and sending them back to Raleigh.
County Chairman Kevin Austin has signed the order to rescind the State of Emergency for the county, which will go into effect at 3 p.m. The Emergency Operations Center which has been staffed throughout the week will close at 3 p.m. as well.
“The latest data available to us is now indicating that the Yadkin River at Elkin is lowering and will continue to lower throughout the day. This new data available from the Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network (FIMAN) and the National Weather Service has indicated that the crest of the Yadkin River at Elkin occurred at about 5 a.m. this morning and reached a height of 17.8 feet. The forecast now shows a steady decline in water levels. Yadkin County is not anticipating any wide-spread flooding, evacuations, or sheltering at this time. As in all emergency cases, you prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Yadkin County was prepared to help all of our citizens during this storm,” stated a press release from the Yadkin County Emergency Services Department.
“The Yadkin County Emergency Operations Center, our County first responders, and the National Guard, will be working together to assess and monitor the conditions over the next several hours. While we no longer anticipate mass flooding, it is important to remember that there may be a potential for flooded roads in some areas. Remember that just 12 inches of moving water can carry away an automobile. If you come across a flooded road, please remember: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”,” concluded the release.
Austin praised emergency personnel and volunteers for their work in preparing for this storm.
“Yadkin County Emergency Services and all of the county’s first responders have done a magnificent job preparing all of us for the potential impact of Hurricane Florence. We are very thankful that all of our citizens are safe and have not been effected to the magnitude of our friends and neighbors in the eastern part of the state,” Austin said.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.