Heavy rains cause flooding on Henderson County roads, park

Flooding on Greenville Highway in downtown Hendersonville. (Photo credit: David Bolser)

Heavy rains caused several roads and at least one park in Henderson County to close on Wednesday. And, by late Wednesday afternoon, thousands of people were without power.

Henderson County emergency workers are urging residents to avoid the south side of Hendersonville as many areas remain flooded.

The intersection of Greenville and Spartanburg Highway is closed, as well as Jackson Park and Berkley Mills Road.

Even in the part of Hendersonville known for flooding, longtime resident Christy Wilkins she has never seen it quite this bad.

"I've never seen anything like this, not in this area, this part of Spartanburg Highway," Christy Wilkins said. "Typically, Greenville Highway is pretty flooded, but this area here -- I've never seen nothing like it. I've live here my entire life.".

Patton Park was also closed as water flowed over the basketball court.

Employees with the city's traffic department said the heavy rain quickly caused issues Wednesday morning.

"This park does flood pretty good, but it came up a lot quicker than normal today," Brent Pope, of the Hendersonville traffic department, said. "Just a lot more rain, a lot more runoff than what there normally is."

A small sinkhole opened up on Duncan Hill Road behind Lowe's during the heavy rains. Employees with the city's water and sewer department estimate it to be about 3-feet deep, but were preparing to fill it Wednesday morning.

According to the Duke Energy outage map, almost 4,700 people were without electricity at 5 p.m. The website estimates power will be restored by about 9 p.m.

Numerous to widespread heavy rain showers and thunderstorms are expected to impact the area over the next few days. While any time of day could be wet, most of the heavier rain will fall during the afternoon and evening hours.

John Mahshie, the owner of Veterans Healing Farm near Horse Shoe, is dealing with his own loss in the flooding.

The non-profit farm provides thousands of pounds of free vegetables for veterans and their caregivers at the VA hospital. It is also a place where veterans can work the land, learn a new skill, and transition back into civilian life.

Mahshie said after the Shaw Creek overflowed on Wednesday morning, a flash flood destroyed most of his newly planted crops.

"We had a big American Flag garden. I don't think it's there any longer," he said. "But, we'll put it in again, just make it happen. This is what farmers do, and I think as a veteran, I had good training for these sorts of events."

A fundraiser has been created to help Mashie and the Veteran's Healing Farm recover from the flood.

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