Wilkes County still recovering from flooding

WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — People across western Wilkes County are still looking for tools and boats that were washed away by Saturday’s flooding.

At the Whittington Farm outside of Wilkesboro, Larry Whittington is fixing fences that were uprooted by the rushing waters and cleaning out the stables that are now covered in thick mud.

“It will take three or four weeks to clean all of that–down fences and cleaning the barn.  It will take some time to get it all cleaned up.”  Whittington said.

Saturday night’s flooding also washed out several roads.  Jerry Byers and other members of the Department of Transportation are still busy removing mud, downed trees and other debris from the roads.

“It will take us a couple of weeks with the washouts and we will be adding consistently until we get it all finished,” he said.

Byers adds transportation crews will also reinforce streets that were weakened by heavy rains.

A few roads across western Wilkes County remain closed or reduced to one lane.

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