Parts of Wilkes County received over 7 inches of rain between Saturday afternoon and mid-morning Sunday.

The worst flooding occurred the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western and northern Wilkes, including the Purlear, Parsonsville, Wilbar and Ferguson areas. There were reports of as much as 8 inches of rain in some of these areas.

Wilbar Fire Chief Rick Jennings said it was the worst flooding he had seen in the Wilbar community in his 25 or so years with the fire department.

Runoff surged down steep road banks, small branches became good-sized creeks and Elk Creek, Beaver Creek, the South and North prongs of Lewis Fork Creek, the three prongs (North, South and Middle) of the Reddies River and other named streams left their banks.

The North Prong of Lewis Fork flooded Parsonsville Road near the Big Ivy Road intersection and at another location a short distance downstream.

Even farther downstream, the North Prong of Lewis Fork also flooded part a large bottomland area and the lower end of Stanton Loop near where it intersects with Parsonsville Road.

Not far upstream from the confluence of the north and south prongs of Lewis Fork Creek, rising floodwaters from the South Prong and a small tributary resulted in the evacuation of residents of three mobile homes about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. This was near the intersection of Mount Pleasant Road and Cobblestone Lane.

By 9:30 a.m. Sunday, two of the three mobile homes were completely surrounded by floodwaters and the third was partly surrounded.

The people who were evacuated with assistance of the Champion Fire Department and spent the night at the Champion Fire Station.

Pumpkin Run Creek flooded a bridge on Pumpkin Run Road, which is off U.S. 421 West in the Champion District

In Reddies River watershed

The Wilbar Fire Department checked on residents of four homes along N.C. 16 North just south of the Wilbar Fire Station and suggested that they leave for higher ground as the South Prong of the Reddies River threatened to flood private roads to the homes about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, said Wilbar Chief Rick Jennings. Some of the people left. They checked on people living in other flood-prone areas as well.

Wilbar firefighters were dispatched about midnight Saturday when a Chevrolet Suburban pulling a trailer loaded with four-wheelers overturned in N.C. 16 where it climbs the Blue Ridge escarpment. Jennings said no one was injured and the driver of the Suburban was able to drive the vehicle down to the Wilbar Fire Station after it was flipped back on its wheels. Jennings pulled the trailer with the four-wheelers with his vehicle to the fire station.

Wilbar firefighters removed several downed trees from roadways. Old N.C. 16 and Colvard Road were both impacted by floodwaters.

On Elk Creek

Wilkes Rescue Squad Chief Cole Wyatt said the squad checked on people living in the Elk Creek-Darby Road and Triplett Town Road areas of Ferguson who couldn't get to public roads due to floodwaters of Elk Creek Sunday morning.

"We thought we were going to have to use a boat to make access but the homeowners were fine," said Wyatt.

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