Creeks, streams overflow as heavy rains saturate area

June 7, 2013 8:08:46 PM PDT
One of the Triangle's largest shopping centers was forced to close early Friday because of the threat of flooding.

Several cars got stuck inside the lower level of the parking deck of Crabtree Valley Mall as Crabtree creek overflowed its banks.

"I was really shocked that it flooded so quickly and when we went in it was raining, but not that bad," said shopper Brooke Blackburn.

A fast-moving flash flood forced the mall to shutdown at 5 p.m.

"We sounded our flood alarm which goes throughout the entire mall alerting people that we do have potential for a flood possibility and that they should remove their cars from the lower decks," said Crabtree Valley Mall Marketing Director Christy Alphin.

"This is very crazy, like I really didn't think it was that big of a deal," said shopper Amber Brown.

John Scarangella was a prime example of what they were trying to avoid. The surge soaked his engine and left him stranding.

"What I felt was sick," said Scarangella. "I mean the car's probably done. The water was over the engine."

U-Report video from a business on Glenwood Avenue captured a van getting stuck in standing water -near T.W. Alexander Drive.

Flooding there forced several rescues from that van, and snarling traffic for several hours.

Heavy rains overwhelmed the drainage at Ray Road causing a sinkhole to form on the sidewalk.

The good news is no injuries were reported across the Triangle.

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