Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton and city workers worked hard to vacate city hall as the Spring River overflowed its banks on April 25. With impending bad weather and as much as 7-12 inches of rain predicted over the next two days, Thornton said she was being proactive in moving everything out of the building into the Hardy Gym. Forecasters with the U.S. Geological Survey predicted the river would rise to between 21 and 25 feet by April 27, one of the highest points in recent history. Petals and Lace and Creekside Loft were also busy packing their belongings in trucks and trailers before the river rose any higher. At press time, the river was about two feet from entering the backside of Creekside Loft. Loberg Park was already under water and the road to Buford Beach was closed at 1:30 p.m. Evacuations along the river began at 4 a.m., with all homes located on the river being evacuated by 3 p.m. on Monday.