Rain water holds off at Crabtree

Crabtree Valley Mall parking deck

December 3, 2009 5:03:17 AM PST
The Triangle began to dry out Thursday morning as rain water receded in some areas, preventing major flooding.

More than two inches fell Wednesday, and flooding was reported in Chatham County but no major problems were reported in the Triangle Thursday.

Late Wednesday the National Weather Service warned about flash flooding, which closed several Raleigh streets. Heavy rains had poured into Crabtree Creek since 9 p.m. Wednesday, increasing fears of flooding at residents and Crabtree Valley Mall.

Officials said the water was rising rapidly and was nearing flood stage. The rising creek was expected to reach flood stage and possibly affect the first floor of Crabtree Valley Mall.

Authorities said the Blue Deck was reportedly starting to flood after midnight, but the water receeded by Thursday morning.

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Early Wednesday officials several feet of flowing water closed Avent Ferry Road at Gorman Street and Hillsborough Street at Western Boulevard.

The rain was the biggest concern in the Triangle Wednesday as drivers were forced to slow down in the wet conditions.

On the Inner Beltline at Glenwood Avenue during rush hour, a SUV spun out onto the slippery asphalt causing at least six other vehicles to pile up, but no one suffered any major injuries.

In all, the Highway Patrol said they responded to more than 50 accidents in and around the Triangle.

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