Asheville, NC (Various Locations) Severe Flooding, Nov 1977


Asheville, N.C. (UPI) - Five persons, including three small children, were killed and hundreds of others were driven from their homes Sunday by heavy rains that caused flash flooding in the western North Carolina mountains.
State and local officials said damage to roads, bridges, homes and businesses would run to millions of dollars.
In the Candler community near Asheville, rescue workers searched for two small brothers drowned with their mother when their mobile home was swept away by flood waters.
The victims were identified as CAROLYN HENDRIX and her two sons, WILLIAM, 4, and PAUL, JR., 3. MRS. HENDRIX husband, PAUL, along with a third child were plucked from the water by sheriff's deputies after the waters carried their mobile home away and slammed it into a log jam downstream.
To the south of Asheville in the Polk County community of Saluda, a four-year-old boy identified as BRYAN SCOTT HART drowned when the water swept him from his father's arms while the family was fleeing a mobile home in waist-deep water.
The fifth victim was identified as MICHAEL CHARLES TOWNSEND.
Dave Britt, director of the Office of Civil Preparedness in Raleigh, said most of the severe flooding occurred in Polk, Buncombe, Madison, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell and Watagua Counties.
Two of the worst hit area were the small towns of Marshall and Hot Springs in Madison County, about 30 miles to the north of Asheville. Both towns were evacuated when four-foot deep water inundated homes and businesses.
National Guard was activated in dozens of communities to assist in evacuations, prevent looting and help control traffic. State officials braced to cope with water contamination and shortages in at least a dozen communities.

Press-Republican Plattsburgh New York 1977-11-07