Heavy rains cause highway collapse in Caldwell County

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Flooding in Western Watauga County



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Posted on May 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 9:30 AM

COLLETTSVILLE, N.C. -- Heavy rains have caused the collapse of part of Highway 90 in Caldwell County right outside the town of Collettsville.

"It was raining pretty hard, but I didn't think it would do all this," said Daniel Mercer, who lives in the area.

The highway gave way after the area took more than four inches of rain Sunday night. North Carolina State Troopers closed the highway and called the Department of Transportation to send crews to fix the missing section.

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"We have a gravel company staying open late,” said Kenny Heavner, an engineer with the DOT, "We got a call about four this morning. They said the rains had washed all the soil from under the road it had slid from under the road."

Heavner said that crew will work through Monday, first digging out all the soil then laying down gravel to make the ground more solid before they lay asphalt and reopen the highway.

Other parts of Caldwell County had trees down and some fell into power poles, but there were no reports of serious injuries resulting from the storm.