Donnaha park, Lake Hampton flooded


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Lake Hampton at Yadkin Memorial Park flooded due to heavy rains.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

The Yadkin River access park at Donnaha is flooded and waters are encroaching on homes in a trailer park near the river.


Photo courtesy of Yadkin Emergency Services

A rainy weekend lead to flooding in Yadkin County, but waters began to recede by Tuesday. On Monday morning, Emergency Services Director Keith Vestal said that several roads were closed due to the flooding, including Butner Mill Road, Steelman Road, Myers Road, Dinkins Bottom Road and Richmond Hill Church Road near the Surry County line.

The Donnaha river access in East Bend also was closed on Monday. Vestal said the entire park area under the bridge at Donnaha was entirely covered by flood waters. A trailer park at Donnaha was also in jeopardy as flood waters rose. Around 10 a.m. on Monday, Vestal said the water was nearing the back door of one of the homes in the park. Vestal said that they checked the area again on Tuesday and waters had begun to recede.

Lake Hampton at the Yadkin Memorial Park also was flooded due to the storm. As of 11 a.m. on Monday, the lake had risen 10 feet. Soil and Water Conservation Director Jason Walker said that was the highest the lake had been since 2011. The park was closed for all fishing and boating and most of the lower portion of the parking lot was under water as of lunchtime on Monday.

Walker said the flooding was being monitored and some of the water would be released by way of the dam. He said this process would be done carefully to avoid causing further flood damage downstream.

“Your storm total so far has been 5.3 inches since it began on Friday,” meteorologist Robert Beasley said Monday afternoon. Beasley is with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia.

“What we show here is that your 24-hour total [according to the radar] has been 2.5 inches.” Beasley explained that the radar is an estimation which could be over or under since factors such as terrain blockage can impact the readings.

Radar isn’t the only way to forecast the weather. “You’ve probably noticed it’s still raining but the clouds seem brighter today,” added Beasley. “That’s because the higher clouds have moved out. That translates into a light rain and drizzle.

“Dry air will start to move in Tuesday and it will all be done by Wednesday,” predicted Beasley. “It should be sunny and dramatically different by then with a high near 80. It’ll be back to normal highs by mid-week, in fact it’ll be above normal in the later half of the week.”

Though waters had begun to recede Vestal advised drivers to avoid areas with standing water on the roadways. He cautioned motorists to remember the slogan “turn around, don’t drown.”

“You really can’t tell how deep it is sometimes and it’s better to not try to cross it and get swept away,” Vestal said.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.

Lake Hampton at Yadkin Memorial Park flooded due to heavy rains.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_lake-1.jpgLake Hampton at Yadkin Memorial Park flooded due to heavy rains. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

The Yadkin River access park at Donnaha is flooded and waters are encroaching on homes in a trailer park near the river.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_donnaha-1.jpgThe Yadkin River access park at Donnaha is flooded and waters are encroaching on homes in a trailer park near the river. Photo courtesy of Yadkin Emergency Services

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