Black Mountain begins evacuating residents along Flat Creek

Fred McCormick
Black Mountain News
Black Mountain police and firefighters began evacuating residents from Portman Villas Mobile Home Park on Portman Villa Road after 3 p.m. on Sept. 16. Five residents who live along Flat Creek were told it would not be safe to remain in their homes.

BLACK MOUNTAIN - Five residents of Portman Villas Mobile Home Park on Portman Villa Road are being evacuated. 

The town ordered the evacuation of the homes along Flat Creek as they anticipate water levels to continue rising. 

"We're evacuating five people as of now," police chief Shawn Freeman said. "We may have to do more evacuations later as the worst of the weather is still ahead of us."

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Black Mountain police officers and firefighters told the residents it was too dangerous to remain in their homes around 3:12 p.m. as public works crews placed barricades warning of danger at the park's entrance. 

The evacuees were moved temporarily to the building that houses the town's public works and recreation and parks departments. 

Black Mountain Public Services crews place a barricade warning against entering Portman Villas Mobile Home Park after residents who live near Flat Creek were evacuated on Sept. 16.

"They will eventually be placed in a shelter in Swannanoa," Freeman said. "But while they're getting that shelter ready we are going to keep them in the town building."

At the end of May, Flat Creek breached its banks as Subtropical Storm Alberto dumped heavy rain over the area after several straight days of unrelated rain. Many residents along the creek were evacuated then as well. That storm caused the creek to re-route into some of the yards in Portman Villas. 

Flat Creek began to overflow again on Sept. 16 as Tropical Depression Florence brought heavy rains to Black Mountain again.