Woodfin – Flooding is becoming and issue for residents and businesses in Woodfin. Depending on who you ask you might get different answers as to the source of the issue. A Monday, July 30th flooding of Weaverville Highway in Woodfin brought the issue to the forefront again. The Woodfin area received a heavy down pour that day some where between two to four inches. Read more...
The rains caused flooding to at lease one property on Baird Cove Road and flooded several business along Weaverville Highway below Reynolds Village where it shut down the highway for a few hours. Locals say theres a problem, but pointing to the direct cause of the problem will get you several answers depending on who you ask.
“Our folks are not aware of any severe drainage issues in that area, but did receive significant flooding there on Monday evening when some parts of the county received as much as 3.8 inches of rain in just over two hours,” said Troy S. Wilson, District Engineer with the NC Department of Transportation (DOT). DOT is responsible for the maintenance of Weaverville Highway.
“We contribute the flooding earlier this week on Weaverville Highway to the excessive rainfall and not to any known problem,” Wilson said. “However, we realize the drainage in this area is not optimal and our folks have been working most of this week to restore areas washed out during the heavy rain event.”
Woodfin Mayor Jerry VeHaun would more than agree with Wilson that the drainage for Weaverville Highway is “not optimal.” “There is a problem down there,” said VeHaun, “Its kind of a multifaceted one.” He explain that there was a large culvert which was blocked and partially collapsed, debris in the creek along Weaverville Highway and drain pipes along Weaverville Highway that are stopped up that all adding to the problem when too much rain hits the area in a short period of time.
“DOT is going to have to look at some drainage issues,” said VeHaun. “There are two or three places where the culvert comes under the road and drains into the creek...” and other people have tied into some of those drains. “Some of that stuff has gotten stopped up over the years and all thats going to have to come out and the town is really going to be pushing to get that done either by suggestion or by legal means.”
“You know when the water cant drain just from a normal rain because the ditches are filled up because the drains have stopped up, you know, then you got a problem,” he said.
Just up the road in the Baird Cove community John Dancy-Jones knows that problem. Dancy-Jones property did not escape the results of the recent deluge as he compared it to the one in April of 2014.
Not helping was the fact that his neighbors property had recently undergone restoration construction to repair the stream bed and banks. During the cloudburst on July 30th “...a 20 foot piece of vegetation and several live stakes...” used by the construction crew come down the creek and “…jammed up the two supplementary 18 “ pipes” on his property.
This caused some flooding to Dancy-Jones property (see photos). “Approved development has drastically changed the behavior of this stream, based on numerous long-time resident accounts...and the 110 condos on the horse farm are yet to come!,” said Dancy-Jones in an email.
VeHaun admitted that development is sending more runoff downhill. “Anytime you cut trees and put pavement down you’re going to add to the water...when you got that much water, its got to go somewhere,” said VeHaun.
“If folks have a specific problem or site they would like for us to address I would encourage them to contact Scott Killough, Buncombe County Maintenance Engineer, at 298-0397,” said Wilson.