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April 18, 2024

Jan. 9 storm brings wind, flooding

BARRICADED — N.C. Dept. of Transportation crews closed a portion of Old Wilkesboro Road on Tuesday after heavy rain brought high water northwest of Jay Burke Road. The barricade was removed later when waters subsided.

 

A storm which brought more than four inches of rain and high winds on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, caused travel problems, downed trees, prompted school schedule changes, and flooding, among other problems.

Due to the wind advisories from 10 a.m. and into the evening, Alexander County Schools officials announced Monday that the system would observe a virtual learning day for all staff and students on Tuesday, according to school leaders posting on Facebook.

The public schools were first put on a two-hour delay Wednesday, then three-hour delay, then virtual learning.

About 4.39 inches of rain fell in about 14 hours, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, at a rain gauge operated by Alexander County Emergency Management in Taylorsville.

North Carolina Department of Transportation closed a portion of Old Wilkesboro Road due to a rain swollen stream overflowing a bridge northwest of Jay Burke Road on Tuesday afternoon.

Downed trees were reported in multiple locations as well.

Flooding was observed on this stream along Paul Payne Store Road near its intersections with Warren Road and Macedonia Church Road on January 9, 2024.

 

Flooding was observed on this stream along Paul Payne Store Road near its intersections with Warren Road and Macedonia Church Road on January 9, 2024.

 

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