Rock Slide Closes I-40 In Both Directions, More Rain On The Way

A rock slide occurred on I-40 last night around 7:30pm between exits 7 and exits 20. Both lanes are current closed at this point in time and traffic is being detoured on I-26 to I-81 near Johnson City. Please find an alternative route if you have plans to travel through the Gorge today.

Slide Area

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More Rain Moving In

Crews will not get any help today with rainfall continuing to move through the area. Showers will be heavier along the NC/TN border, so that will not help the situation either. I expect for that location to receive another two inches of rainfall today if not more. Until rokks stop moving, cleanup will struggle to progress. Until rainfall stops, rocks will likely continue to move. Below you can see the most recent Nam 3km. I have circled the slide area.

More Slides Could Occur

The ground is extremely saturated around WNC, and that will only get worse over the next two days. Rainfall will finally move out of the area late Sunday, but it will take several days for WNC to dry out. Honestly the ground is as soggy as I can every remember it begins around WNC. Most everywhere you step in grass, it leaves a footprint. The creeks are all at bank-full and even a drizzle causes ponding on the roadways. Please be careful driving around WNC today, and report any flooding you see to the AshevilleWX Community on Facebook.

Heavy rainfall moving into slide area again

4”+ of rainfall has fallen over slide area in past several days