View Full Version : Must have been a wet weekend

03-06-2011, 09:04 PM
I just got a report via email that the Oconaluftee River at Birdtown gage went from around 500 fps flow to 6000 fps in about six hours.

Must have been some wide spread heavy rain on the NC side of the park, Soco, and Maggie Valley.

03-07-2011, 07:27 AM
Not just on the NC side. The Little river was blown out at over 3000 fps and Greenbriar was rolling as well. It will be a while until water is back to normal heights. The litte stream in my town was clean over top of the walking bridges that cross it, and it looked like class 3 chocolate milk!

03-07-2011, 01:42 PM


I have never been on the water with that much flow. About 1500 is the highest I have seen it, personally. I'll watch the gage everyday and see what's going on. It usually comes down pretty quickly, as long as there is some time between rains.

Last time I was on LR was during the drought when the old Cherokee fish weirs were above water and they were finding old cross cut saws in the stream bed from long ago.