The Green River Flood of 2018
Rainfall: 10.12" in 4 days, including and capped off by 5.87" in just 3 hours on May 18th, as measured near Pulliam Creek on Big Hungry Road.
Above is a photo of a very high water Groove Tube taken by Crom Carey on Saturday morning following the exceptional rains on Friday night, May 18th. This led to serious flooding in Polk and surrounding counties of western North Carolina. A ball-parked guess for the river level by those on site is around 45". Tuxedo was releasing 200% and the lake was at 101' or close to it. How high the Green got overnight is unknown. In comparison, while the high water year of 2013 was astounding in its duration/intensity, it did not blow-up like this in a single event. Scroll down for more photos of the Green, and some landslide pics from the Switchbacks.
Rivers and creeks all across the area were well outside their banks, mobile homes were moved, roads, culverts and driveways washed out, landslides occurred on the switchbacks down to Fishtop, Interstate 26 was closed for a spell, and untold numbers of trees were down. Trails and footbridges on the Gamelands were wiped out entirely in places, and Saturday's Green River Games had to be canceled. People living in Green River Cove took a major beating, with considerable property damage, including to our friends at the Wilderness Cove Campground. One woman in Polk County was killed when part of her house collapsed on her due to a mudslide.
This graph below of the French Broad River at Asheville is reflective of what other rivers and creeks experienced to varying degrees.
Hammer Factor (Rowan Stuart pic):
Three great Switchback Landslide pics from Bill Clipper:
|Author:||Crom Carey/Bill Clipper/Rowan Stuart||Location:||@Green 2. Green Narrows, NC|
|Subject:||Groove Tube Pogo, Landslides||Rapid:||Groove Tube|
|AW Photo ID:||889308||AW Reach ID:|
author of photo John Pilson