Otter Creek After Heavy December Rains

An early morning hike along normally peaceful Otter Creek just a few miles north of Lake Lure revealed a swollen and very active mountain stream. Over a foot of rain so far this month has saturated the soil and filled the ponds and rivers in Rutherford County.

Otter Pond, below, that feeds into Otter Creek, is overfull, and the earthen dam is being monitored for integrity.
Otter Pond Under Oak Mountain

There are two short videos shown below. The first was made on December 27th after rains before Christmas had swollen the creek. The second was made today, December 29th, after four inches of rain fell during the night. The creek had actually been three feet higher during the night, evidenced by large logs and debris dislodged by the higher water.

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