Looking south, just south of Highway 107, on Horse Creek in southeast Greene County. The creek here is normally about 20 feet wide. This is the Monday after the Saturday flooding. The water damaged the road bed, but left the asphalt intact. If you drive your car on the thin asphalt crust, you will end up in the creek.
Further south (upstream) on Horse Creek. This creek is about 6 feet wide here, still wider than normal at this location. You can see that the entire road was taken out at this point and that the creek deposited mud and sand well off the picture to the left.
This unknown road was damaged under the asphalt. The leftover asphalt will support a person walking on it, but a car driven over it would fall into the hole created under the asphalt. Never drive onto flooded roads!
This is Big Creek, and the culvert through which it flows is under Highway 107 in southeast Greene County. Normally, this little creek is about 18 inches wide and a few inches deep. It flows through a yard over the sod. Two full days after the worst flooding, it is still over 100 feet wide, and the channel through which it flows is now 6 feet deep. The pile of rocks near the windmill was left by the creek. At its height, the water reached the house on the right (out of the picture).
Horse Creek never quite reached this house (you can see the thin line of debris in the front yard). But it took great gouges out of the bank as it thundered by. This bank will likely never be the same, and the next flood will more easily eat away more of it.
Standing on the Highway 70 bridge over the Nolichucky River at the Nolichucky Dam. The water is gushing around the left shoulder (right side of the picture) of the dam. One official reported the water to be hitting the bridge, prompting the closing of the road, and later inspection of the bridge. The bridge survived without damage, as it was designed to allow water to pass over it. Notice the water on the right side of the picture coming away from the dam (flowing toward you). The water on the left side of the picture, just a few tens of feet away, is actually flowing TOWARD the dam. This channel set up a curious flow pattern with whirlpools and eddies in the current.
Flood waters flowed from right to left across this picture. You can see the small channel dug into the ground on the right side of the image. The pond on the left inundated the outbuilding in the center. Since there is no place for the water to drain, ponds like these become breeding grounds for mosquitos.
Upstream on Horse Creek. The road was completely washed out here.
Horse Creek is normally about 15-30 feet wide here. Here, two days after the worst flooding, the creek was still over 100 yards wide. At the height of the event, it was likely around 200 yards wide. You can see on the right side of the image, water still trying to find its way back into the creek.