Flash flooding forces evacuations

June 16, 2009 5:51:41 PM PDT
Heavy downpours brought pockets of street flooding and some evacuations in parts of the Triangle Tuesday. Click here for photos

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I-40 east was partially shut down by standing water on the highway at mile marker 301 near Garner. An Eyewitness News crew on the scene said there was some traffic getting through and the lanes reopened once the flooding subsided.

In Raleigh, water spilled over Rock Quarry at Jones Sausage Road, forcing drivers to pick another route unless they wanted water over their floorboards and a possible stalled vehicle.

"The best ways to stay safe during this type of weather are to drive defensively and stay alert,” said Kevin Lacy, NCDOT’s state traffic engineer. “No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, never drive through standing or rushing water."

Police officers helped people get out of their stalled cars in southeast Raleigh. Laura Hourigan with Raleigh Police said the problem was in the area of a daycare and an apartment complex at Liberty Place and Proctor Street. There is a stream nearby that flows in to Walnut Creek. The area is just south of I-40, and off of Rock Quarry Road.

In the same area, there was also a flooded building at 5245 Dana Drive in Raleigh and another flooded building at 700 Buck Jones Road at the South Valley Apartments.

The City of Raleigh says 10 adults and two children were evacuated from southeast Raleigh and taken to Biltmore Hills Community Center.

In Garner, Garner United Methodist Church was opened as a shelter, and five adults and two children had arrived there by Tuesday afternoon.

In other parts of the Triangle, part of Avent Ferry Road at Trailwood Drive was underwater due to flooding from Bushy Branch Creek.

The intersection of St. Mary's and West Peace in Raleigh was also a problem.

Eyewitness News meteorologist Glenn Wiley said that some parts of the Triangle got 2-3 inches of rain in a very short amount of time Tuesday morning.

"Any time you have that amount of rain it's going to stack up very quickly," he explained.

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He said more rain will come throughout the day Tuesday, but probably not as fast. Rainfall totals for the day could hit 3-4 inches in parts of Wake County, and even more could come in counties like Wilson and Nash where it could hit as much as 6 inches.


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