WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. - Parts of North Carolina are cleaning up after a storm system brought heavy rains and high winds. Towns in Watauga and Avery Counties spent Monday dealing with some flooding and cleaning up what was left behind.
Creeks and streams are moving quickly after several inches of rain. "It's just like someone turned on a faucet and it's just buckets and buckets [of water]," said North Carolina resident Ashley Hildreth.
Water pooling on area roads kept local public works employees busy. "It's definitely not our typical Monday. We've had a lot of rain, water lines washed out, a few mud slides and power lines down," said Banner Elk Public Works employee Justin Hodges.
Some schools were closed due to power outages and high water.
In the parking lot of the Boone Mall, mud and puddles were left behind. The mall manager said this was the fourth time the mall parking lot has flooded this year. So far cleanup has cost them $7,000. "Thankfully, I've been the manager six years now and [water] has never come in the mall," said manager Meredith Golden.
The next few days and maybe even weeks will be busy for crews in Banner Elk as they work to repair damage from the recent weather. "We've probably got weeks of work to do cleaning ditch lines, catch basins and stuff like that. It will definitely take a week or so," adds Hodges.
At one point on Monday, part of Highway 184 in Banner Elk, North Carolina was closed because of pooling water, but crews do have that road back open.