Weather conditions worsen in Yadkin County

By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com
The Yadkin River at Crater Park between Jonesville and Elkin at 12:50 p.m. on Thursday. - Wendy Wood | The Tribune
Big Elkin Creek roars over the dam at the Elkin Public Library between Main and Market streets Thursday morning. - Wendy Wood | The Tribune
Taylor Road flooded on Thursday afternoon. - Photo courtesy of Ricky Leonard

UPDATE: At 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Yadkin EMS Director Keith Vestal said road conditions are worsening across the county. He advised area residents not to get out on the roads as travel conditions are deteriorating due to flooding and heavy rains.

Taylor Road, Bloomtown Road and Binkley Road at Baltimore Road are currently closed due to flooding with many additional roads closed due to trees down.

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Just after 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Yadkin County Emergency Services Director Keith Vestal said things were picking up locally with some flooding due to heavy rains from Tropical Storm Michael.

“We’re starting to experience some minor flooding and flash flooding and wind gusts have picked up considerably,” Vestal said.

Binkley Road at Baltimore Road in the Forbush community was flooded and impassable as of 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Vestal said.

He added that nearly all of the county fire departments were working with downed trees.

Vestal said he and other emergency personnel are in storm mode now and checking on river flooding in the Jonesville area and around the county.

“It’s going to be a little more of an impact that we anticipated,” Vestal said.

The storm could potentially delay school release time today as well, said Yadkin County Schools Superintendent.

“We have advised parents that with the storm track shifting northwest of Raleigh, rather than southeast of Raleigh as was originally forecast, we are getting heavier rains and wind. Rather than dismiss early and put students in buses and cars out during the worst part of the storm, I made the decision to keep students in school where I know they will be safe. Parents have been advised that if conditions haven’t improved by our normal dismissal time, we plan to hold buses and keep students in school until things improve,” Martin said.

All games and after-school activities have been cancelled.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.

The Yadkin River at Crater Park between Jonesville and Elkin at 12:50 p.m. on Thursday.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_43878527_10156051084261859_5204472315085062144_o-3.jpgThe Yadkin River at Crater Park between Jonesville and Elkin at 12:50 p.m. on Thursday. Wendy Wood | The Tribune

Big Elkin Creek roars over the dam at the Elkin Public Library between Main and Market streets Thursday morning.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_creek-up-3_formatted-3.jpgBig Elkin Creek roars over the dam at the Elkin Public Library between Main and Market streets Thursday morning. Wendy Wood | The Tribune

Taylor Road flooded on Thursday afternoon.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_23105-1.jpegTaylor Road flooded on Thursday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Ricky Leonard

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

kburns@yadkinripple.com