Melting snow causes creek flooding in Winston-Salem

Posted on: 5:24 pm, January 18, 2013, by

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– The Muddy Creek and Salem Creek Greenways in Winston-Salem are closed indefinitely thanks to flooding.

City parks and recreation staff says both the greenways had several parts under water Friday.  In some areas the concrete was washed out, trash cans turned over, and silt left causing slick and dangerous spots.

“It’s going to take some time due to how saturated the ground is, so it will be Tuesday or Wednesday of next week before we are able to get out and do anything,” says William Royston, City Park Maintenance Supervisor.

Royston estimates the damage to be more than $10,000 and says it’s odd to have a snow and rain event combine to cause so much flood related damage.

“If you look at the amount of rain we’ve had over the past few days and the saturation that has occurred, I’m not surprised that we had the type of flooding we had, but it creates a headache,” says Royston.

Both trails will likely be closed through the weekend. There is a city holiday on Monday, so Royston doesn’t expect everything to be back to normal for several days.

In the meantime Royston says, “the sunshine is going to be our friend and the wind is our friend.  It will help dry a lot of this up.”