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A sink hole opened up on McDuffy Road in Connelly Springs due to the heavy rainfall.

Days of heavy rain led to flooding and some people having to leave their homes throughout Burke County on Sunday.

A report from Watauga County said about 14 inches of rain had fallen from Thursday into Sunday morning, said Doug Outlaw with the National Weather Service. In Connelly Springs, about 6.2 inches of rain had fallen from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.

The rain was expected to continue throughout Sunday afternoon, with some heavy pockets lingering into the start of the week, Outlaw said. Conditions are expected to dry out midweek and are forecast to stay dry through the coming weekend.

The treacherous downpours caused hazardous road conditions, including a sink hole on McDuffy Road in Connelly Springs. Two communities even had to leave their homes for higher ground, said Fire Marshal and Emergency Services Director Mike Willis.

Several roads had portions of them closed because of standing water in the road, but no entire roads were closed just before 1 p.m. Sunday, Willis said.

“If you have to go out, be extremely careful,” Willis said. “In a lot of places, the roads are compromised but you can’t see it.”

If standing water covers the road, cars should not cross it, Willis said. One driver had to be assisted out of her car on Antioch Road after it stalled out in standing water.

A flood warning is in effect for Burke County until 3:45 p.m. Monday, according to the NWS. A flash flood watch was is in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday.

Chrissy Murphy is a staff writer and can be reached at cmurphy@morganton.com or at 828-432-8941. Follow @cmurphyMNH on Twitter.

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