Valley Rewind: 1940 flood damage in Ridgecrest

Courtesy of Swannanoa Valley Museum
Special to Black Mountain News
Scene of a washed out road and crops inundated with water in Ridgecrest during the flood of August 1940.

This photograph from the Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center’s extensive photograph collections shows a washed out road and crops inundated with water in Ridgecrest during the flood of August 1940. That month, a series of storms brought severe flooding to the Swannanoa River basin. According to community memory, several bridges spanning the Swannanoa River were washed out, leaving some citizens temporarily stranded. Nearly 40 homes were flooded and a few were washed away entirely. This month, the Swannanoa Valley Museum is launching a new exhibit “Rising Waters: The Past and Future of Flooding in the Swannanoa Valley.” Call 828-669-9566 or visit www.swannanoavalleymuseum.org/exhibits to learn more.