Tornado victims face new damage

Rain puddle (image source: Wikimedia).

August 7, 2011 5:15:04 AM PDT
An overnight and early morning downpour in the Triangle created a mess for residents and emergency crews Saturday, especially in tornado-damaged communities.In addition to new water and wind damage in those areas, flooding was reported at multiple locations around Crabtree Creek near Wake Forest, which was above flood stage just before 8:00 a.m.

The Milner Hotel on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh had to be evacuated due to high water, with city buses and the Red Cross called in to help displaced guests.

The basement of a home also flooded in the 300 block of Hill Street in Raleigh.

Emergency crews also had to respond to a number of crashes in the area.

One lane of I-440 westbound near Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh had to be shut down to clear a wreck around 8:00 a.m., and a car ended up in a ditch near I-40 eastbound and the Wade Avenue exit. The shoulder was closed to clear that accident.

At one point, Raleigh and Wake County emergency officials were working nearly two dozen wrecks over the course of an hour.

There was also a three-car pileup on 15-501 heading into downtown Durham. That shut down the road entirely for about an hour - and some of the drivers were transported to the hospital.

A hair salon on Fayetteville Street reported much of its inventory was soaked due to the heavy rain.

Organizers in the Triangle are also canceling some Saturday events, including the Latino Festival in Durham, and a Share-Our-Shoes giveaway at Moore Square in Raleigh.

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