(PNS) Remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto have caused serious problems for western North Carolina this week. Record rainfall over the past three weeks, coupled with flooding on Tuesday evening, has impacted many communities, including Montreat.
Montreat Conference Center staff say the Robert Lake Park on campus sustained significant damage. Rising water from Flat Creek washed away footbridges and picnic tables and eroded paths and play areas. The Montreat campground and some additional conference center facilities also suffered damage.
Richard DuBose, conference center president, says the park is closed for the foreseeable future. Preliminary repair estimates are $80,000 to $100,000. DuBose says the conference center has already begun raising money for repairs.
The saturated ground has forced water into many basements in the small mountain community and several roads have sustained damage.
“Week one of Youth Conference starts this Sunday and we’ll be ready,” said DuBose. “The park’s situation is unfortunate, but we’re putting a plan in place to fund and fix it. We are as excited as ever to welcome thousands of conferees and cottagers over the coming weeks.”
Other residents describe rising water in the Broad and Swannanoa Rivers in nearby Asheville as well as flooding in the popular Biltmore Village.