ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) -- The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the French Broad River at Blantyre, affecting Henderson and Transylvania counties.
Minor flooding is forecast. The warning, which goes into effect at 12:25 p.m. Thursday, expires at 11 p.m. Friday.
The French Broad River, already running high because of recent heavy rain, is expected to rise above minor flood stage with the additional 1-3 inches of rain that is expected through Thursday morning over the upper French Broad River valley.
Flooding is likely in adjacent low-lying areas, farmland, boat-access ramps, parks, greenways and campgrounds across the upper French Broad River valley, especially from Brevard to Horse Shoe.
At 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the river was at 11.4 feet, while minor flood stage is 16 feet. The NWS said the river is expected to reach near 17 feet by early Friday morning, falling below minor flood stage by Friday afternoon.
The NWS said floodwaters may start to inundate the shoulders of River Road near the Big Willow Road intersection. Floodwaters are expected to impact boat access areas at Grove Bridge and Crab Creek roads.