Flooding was reported at multiple locations in Wilkes County late Saturday night and resulted in evacuations from three adjacent mobile homes along Mount Pleasant Road in the Champion Fire District about 10:15 p.m.
Champion Fire Chief Craig Hollar said a Champion firefighter who lives in one of the homes was about to respond to a mudslide blocking one lane of nearby Old U.S. 421 (Boone Trail) when he realized floodwaters from the South Prong of Lewis Fork Creek and a tributary of the creek were threateningly close.
Hollar said floodwaters didn’t enter but reached at least some of the homes, which are in a low-lying area near the Cobblestone Lane intersection. Residents of the homes drove themselves to the Champion Fire Station, where they spent the night. Mount Pleasant Road was also flooded near the homes.
He said a bridge across Pumpkin Run Creek, off U.S. 421 West near the Buck Mountain subdivision, was flooded.
The North Prong of Lewis Fork in Purlear left its banks and flooded the lower end of Stanton Loop Road near where it intersects with the west side of Parsonsville Road, said Deputy Chief Robbie Bolin of the Millers Creek Fire Department. He said floodwaters were at least two feet deep on the Stanton Loop bridge.
Upstream from that flooded area, said Bolin, Little Fork Creek left its banks and covered a portion of Benny Parsons Road near where it intersects with the east side of Parsonsville Road.
He said this left one home inaccessible but wasn’t threatening any residences late Saturday night.
“We did go to a few of the residences and made people there aware of the flooding in the area and advised them to keep a radio or phone on to hear weather reports.”
Bolin said a blocked culvert on another section of Benny Parsons Road was complicating matters.
Boomer Fire Chief Allen Nichols said that in the Boomer community, Warrior Creek was out of its banks near the eastern end of High Rock Road late Saturday night. Nichols said Beaver Creek also left its banks along Beaver Creek Road.
He said he wasn’t aware of any roads being flooded in Boomer late Saturday night.
Flooding also was reported in the Ferguson community.