Floods close several Triangle roads

September 6, 2008 2:11:40 PM PDT
Tropical Storm Hanna turned into a significant rain event inland. Overnight Friday Crabtree Creek began to swell, exceeding its banks at Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.

The Greenway near Crabtree where pedestrians and cyclists frequent appeared more like a swimming pool. By daybreak Raleigh Police continued to check the depth of the swift running water.

As a precaution, park officials have roped off the area to try and keep onlookers away from the rising water.

Upstream many people living in the Grove Park Apartments say they know the creek's potential power during heavy rains.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto wreaked havoc forcing officials to evacuate homes.

Saturday cars risked driving through the rising waters while rescue boats stood by to rescue stranded drivers.

Crabtree Valley Mall has closed their lower level parking deck due to flooding.

Flash flooding also closed Kelly Road in Apex. Authorities closed Kelly Road after water from Beaver Creek began pouring over the bridge.

NC-55 between South Salem Street and South Hughes Street were also closed due to flooding.

Meanwhile, the town of Cary is left with minimal damage, including only five downed trees in the public rights-of-way and one storm-related traffic accident; however, several greenways are closed until further notice due to flooding.

The National Weather Service also indicates flooding is possible in low lying areas along the Neuse River, creeks and branches over the next 48 hours.

Citizens in these areas should take the necessary precautions to protect life and property. Motorists should be aware of the potential flooding of roads in low lying areas.


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