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Flash Flood Watch cancelled as remnants of Ida moves through the mountains

  Update, 8:45 a.m. Sept. 1 A Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service for the Asheville area has been cancelled. No additional widespread hazards are expected with the remnants of Ida, which will depart the area today. There is still s 60% chance of rain in today’s forecast.   Update, 6:15 a.m. Sept. 1 All streets [...]

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Flood damages? Info on dedicated call center and local resources

  As our local leaders are assessing the damage to Buncombe County in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Fred, Buncombe County Emergency Services is standing up a call center to connect residents to resources and information. To assist with disaster recovery, Buncombe County has activated a dedicated line for those impacted.   An Emergency Services Call Center is [...]

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City of Asheville mobilizes to ensure safety during Tropical Storm Fred flooding

  As remnants of Tropical Storm Fred hit the Asheville area yesterday and into the night, many City of Asheville departments worked in coordination to keep the people of our community safe.  The City activated the emergency operations center early afternoon on Tuesday, Aug. 17, in order to best coordinate City efforts and to work in [...]

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City of Asheville Stormwater Division to replace culvert under Deaverview Road; detour required

  The City of Asheville Public Works Stormwater Division will be closing Deaverview Road at MilkCo to the North Bear Creek intersection to replace a stormwater culvert under Deaverview Road. The closure is scheduled for August 9, starting at 7:30 a.m. (weather dependent), through 5:30 p.m. August 12. This will be a hard closure with no through traffic [...]

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Cedar Street in Oakley neighborhood to close for stormwater drainage system upgrade

  Asheville’s Public Works Stormwater Division will close Cedar Street in the Oakley neighborhood for 5 weeks in June to perform an extensive stormwater drainage system upgrade. This work is being done to replace failing stormwater infrastructure and reduce street flooding in the area.   Detour map The closure is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. June 1, and [...]

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City of Asheville shares update on completed Transportation bond projects

Part 2 of a 3-part series.   Three enhanced pedestrian crossings with flashing signals have been installed on the newly resurfaced State Street in West Asheville. It’s not just that the bond program paved the way for more street resurfacing — the $32 million in transportation bonds approved by voters in 2016 allowed the [...]

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City of Asheville prepares for remnants of Tropical Storm Sally

    The remnants of Tropical Storm Sally are expected to pass close enough to western North Carolina to bring periods of heavy rain Thursday morning into Friday morning. Because of this, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch to include Buncombe County.  The City of Asheville is ready. Public Works [...]

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Take time to evaluate your flooding risk and incorporate measures to lessen potential impact

  The 2020 hurricane season is upon us, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted an above average amount of activity. According to NOAA forecasters, the outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. The average [...]

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Stormwater project to close portion of Kenilworth Road; resurfacing begins as well

  ART bus service to the Kenilworth community will be affected   Pending weather, the City of Asheville Stormwater Division will close Kenilworth Road from Rosefield Drive to 30 feet north of Rosefield Drive beginning July 6 for three weeks.    The work will entail installation of a large pipe replacement in this area. Residents can expect a hard closure [...]

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Community to receive update on Haywood Streetscape project during Sept. 5 meeting

  The Haywood Streetscape Improvement project continues to move forward.    This project includes sidewalk rehabilitation, street resurfacing, stormwater improvements, sanitary sewer improvements, and the sourcing, siting and installation of street amenities. An informational meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 5 at the U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall (87 Haywood St., second floor) to share the [...]

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Building next to Merrimon Avenue sinkhole posted as unsafe for occupancy

  Updated information, July 9: The City of Asheville received confirmation that the sinkhole at 1010 Merrimon Ave. is definitely the jurisdiction of NC Department of Environmental Quality and the Army Corps of Engineers. City staff has contacted both agencies to ensure they are aware of the situation. On the City side, our Development [...]

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City of Asheville maintains flood insurance discounts for property owners

  Asheville residents who live or own property in flood zones have access to a federally subsidized flood insurance program through the City’s participation in a FEMA Community Rating System.   The Community Rating System (CRS) program, a part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), provides discounts off of flood insurance premiums to communities [...]

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Riverside Drive, some parks re-open, following flooding

  Following 5 inches of relentless rain Friday, more than a dozen Asheville streets were closed over the weekend, including several in Biltmore Village. On a holiday weekend, Asheville Public Works, Parks and Fire Department crews rolled up their sleeves and went to work, rescuing stranded motorists, barricading roads and cleaning roads once waters receded, following flooding [...]

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Sunday: More roads re-open, some remain closed, following flood

  Asheville Public Works crews remain out on our streets, monitoring river overflow levels and road closures. Here is where things stand on this Easter Sunday.   Roads that remain closed Inglewood Road at Elk Mountain Scenic Highway Riverside Drive at the railroad trestle Old Toll Road on Town Mountain Blue Brier Road, also on Town Mountain It should be noted that a section of [...]

A pipe washout under Inglewood Road at Elk Mountain Scenic Highway prompted its closing until a repair can be made.
Saturday: Some Asheville streets re-open, following torrential rain and flooding

  Saturday — following Friday’s flooding — turned out to be a day of road openings coupled with some new closings. Asheville Public Works crews worked overnight to re-open Biltmore Village streets, following a day of torrential rain that flooded streets and parks adjacent to the Swannanoa and French Broad rivers. Some additional roads opened as crews continued to [...]

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Friday: Asheville river corridors flood, prompting road closures

  Find Saturday updates here.     9 p.m. update Concrete barricades have been placed at the landslide on Old Toll Road. We have reports of numerous people driving around flood barricades. Please do not do this! You put yourself — and emergency rescue personnel — at risk. For the safety of everyone, concrete barriers have been placed [...]

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How to stay plugged into City of Asheville information about road closures during flooding events

    When flooding strikes in the City of Asheville, multiple agencies respond to close roads and notify residents of safety measures they should take. For example, even prior to flooding, Stormwater Services clears stormwater drains to minimize localized flooding.   When the City realizes there is the potential for flooding, residents can find information on the City of Asheville’s [...]