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Title Road which was carried away by the rains and slide of Aug 13, 1940
Date August 17, 1940
Description Photograph shows some of the damage caused by the 1940 flood to the roadway of North Carolina state highway 421, near Deep Gap and sections 2E and 2F of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Taken by A. S. Burns on August 17, 1940.
Commentary The flood of 1940, caused by a hurricane, caused many mudslides and landslides throughout Watauga county. These slides and the flood destroyed homes, shut down and ruined roads, tore up railroad tracks, and washed out bridges. The flood caused delays on construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Location Location Name: Deep Gap
Parkway Milepost: 234.1
Latitude: 36.441355
Longitude: -81.081688
Creator Individual A.S. Burns
Tags Deep Gap (N.C.)
Flood of 1940
Road damage
Storm damage
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway