State of Emergency declared for Yadkin County

By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com
The Yadkin River is well out of its banks across the county including at this home on Old US HWY 421 E. in Yadkinville. - Photos courtesy of Rebekah Hendrix
The Yadkin River is well out of its banks across the county including at this home on Old US HWY 421 E. in Yadkinville. - Photos courtesy of Rebekah Hendrix
The Yadkin River is well out of its banks across the county including at this home on Old US HWY 421 E. in Yadkinville. - Photos courtesy of Rebekah Hendrix
Flood waters have washed away a portion of Bloomtown Road. - - Photo courtesy of Ricky Leonard
- - Photos courtesy of Forbush Fire Department
- - Photos courtesy of Forbush Fire Department
- - Photos courtesy of Forbush Fire Department

A State of Emergency was declared for Yadkin County around 3 p.m. on Thursday as remnants of Hurricane Michael dumped rain across the county, washing out roads and downing trees and power lines.

Yadkin EMS Director Keith Vestal said that around 1,000 local residents were out of power on Thursday but that crews were working on restoring power to those homes.

As of 7 pm. on Thursday Vestal was en route to Jonesville to check on flooding conditions at the Yadkin River. The river has already reached 21 feet with an expectation that flood waters could crest at around 23 feet by 8 p.m. Vestal said the situation was being monitored closely.

“We’re just trying to see what’s going to be involved if it makes it up that high,” Vestal said.

During the recent Hurricane Florence, the river was expected to crest at around 26 feet which emergency officials said would have caused significant damage to homes and businesses in the area.

A number of roads are flooded locally including Taylor Road and Binkley Road at Baltimore Road. Bloomtown Road has sustained damage from the flood waters, causing a portion of the roadway to wash away.

Additional details on road conditions and flooding will be reported at www.yadkinripple.com and on the Yadkin Ripple Facebook page as it becomes available.

The Yadkin River is well out of its banks across the county including at this home on Old US HWY 421 E. in Yadkinville.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_20181011_160327.jpgThe Yadkin River is well out of its banks across the county including at this home on Old US HWY 421 E. in Yadkinville. Photos courtesy of Rebekah Hendrix

The Yadkin River is well out of its banks across the county including at this home on Old US HWY 421 E. in Yadkinville.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_20181011_160333.jpgThe Yadkin River is well out of its banks across the county including at this home on Old US HWY 421 E. in Yadkinville. Photos courtesy of Rebekah Hendrix

The Yadkin River is well out of its banks across the county including at this home on Old US HWY 421 E. in Yadkinville.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_20181011_160422.jpgThe Yadkin River is well out of its banks across the county including at this home on Old US HWY 421 E. in Yadkinville. Photos courtesy of Rebekah Hendrix

Flood waters have washed away a portion of Bloomtown Road.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_IMG_1913.jpegFlood waters have washed away a portion of Bloomtown Road. Photo courtesy of Ricky Leonard

https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_43624203_1998860870156762_6570317931492671488_o.jpgPhotos courtesy of Forbush Fire Department

https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_43680898_1998860613490121_7752365769702244352_o.jpgPhotos courtesy of Forbush Fire Department

https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_43754161_1998860743490108_1036734461632315392_o.jpgPhotos courtesy of Forbush Fire Department

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

kburns@yadkinripple.com