Widespread flash flooding in Boone leads to water rescues

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BOONE, N.C. — Widespread flash flooding has been reported throughout parts of Boone, as a line of strong thunderstorms bringing heavy rain moves through the area.

Numerous water rescues as a result of the rising water are currently underway, according to the Boone Police Department.

Many major roadways are blocked and numerous detours are in place.

The following roads are currently closed, according to the Boone Police:  Fairway Drive, Bamboo Road at Airport, Deerfield Road at Golf Course, and Dewitt Barnett Road at Water Bridge along the Watauga River.

Motorists are urged to avoid driving into the water, and avoid travel if possible.

A propane leak in theBoone Docks Street area has been controlled, according to police.

A flash flood warning remains in effect in the area until 12:30 a.m.

The High Country Press reports the Boone Mall is flooded with at least 10 cars standing in water.

Appalachian State University has cancelled all class for tonight, and will provide a “safe shelter” to students and faculty who are unable to travel home due to flooding.

Students began receiving emails shortly after 5 p.m. through the emergency messaging system—AppState Alert— informing students of the conditions. By 6 p.m. students were informed by phone and email that all classes were cancelled immediately, according to Lauren Brigman, Appalachian Student Ambassador.

Students were told to move their cars to higher ground and get to a safe location.