Raleigh residents on flood alert

November 11, 2009 8:50:23 PM PST
Remnants of tropical depression Ida dumped heavy rain across North Carolina Wednesday into Thursday causing statewide flooding. Click here for photos

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In the Triangle, officials have been keeping an eye on several areas in Raleigh that are prone to flooding.

Meteorologists say rainfall amounts could reach up to five inches by Thursday morning. Watches are expected to remain in effect until Thursday afternoon.

Visibility on I-40 between Wade Avenue and Aviation Parkway is worse than usual. The section of the interstate under construction is missing reflectors, which officials say DOT crews won't replace until next spring, making it hard for drivers to see in the rain.

Residents at the Brook Hill Apartments near Walnut Creek also have a reason to be concerned.

The creek was three feet higher Wednesday than the day before. Once it spills over its banks, the water will make its way to the apartments.

This summer, flash flooding in the area wiped out cars and made its way into the apartment homes.

Two people had to be rescued and that's why residents say they aren't taking any chances this time around.

Resident Victoria Krantz told ABC11 Eyewitness News she's making plans to move their belongings to higher ground, at least until the downpour subsides.

"My biggest concern is not being able to come home," Krantz said. "Last time they had to evacuate several people in several buildings. I have a 3-year-old so I don't necessarily want to be told that I can't come back to my house, because there's water in it."

It's why Krantz is packing an emergency bag for herself and her children.

"I will be packing enough stuff to keep us for two or three days because it just keeps going the way it is, and we have two more days of rain and it went from three feet to six feet to eight feet," Krantz. "If this keeps going we're not going to have a choice but to evacuate."

Business owners near Crabtree Creek also have taken precautions in case the creek overflows. The Southern States Subaru and Volkswagen dealership moved its inventory to higher ground. While parts of Crabtree Valley Mall's parking deck are cordoned off to prevent cars from potentially getting flooded from the creek.

The Bull City is also soaked. Durham police responded to nearly two dozen crashes in the past 24 hours.

City workers have put up high water signs at trouble spots.

In Orange County, the Water and Sewer Authority reported heavy rain resulted in an overflow of untreated wastewater from a sewer manhole near Rosewalk Lane and Berryhill Drive in Carrboro around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

OWASA estimated the volume of the overflow was about 3,600 gallons based on the known duration of the spill. It reported the incident to the NC Division of Water Quality

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