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Part Of I-40 To Be Closed For A Week After Rockslide

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A NCDOT contractor removes debris Saturday from Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state line.

Homes, highways, parks and bridges throughout the South have been flooded or put out of commission Saturday, as the toll of days of drenching rains swelled waterways and pooled over saturated lands amid a threat of severe storms.

A rockside closed Interstate 40 near the North Carolina-Tennessee line Friday evening. The North Carolina Department of Transportation posted on its Facebook page that the Pigeon River Gorge section of the highway will be closed about a week.

Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi said on Twitter that a "full scale detour" was in place, with traffic being diverted to Interstate 81 and Interstate 26.

A Catawba County building inspector said extra weight from rain is suspected to have contributed to a partial roof collapse at a child day care center in Hickory. The Hickory Daily Record reported that firefighters responded to a roof collapse at Rainbow Child Care Center on Thursday morning. There were no children at the facility at the time, and no injuries were reported.