Residents clean up following flash floods

Residents clean up and count their losses the day after Tropical Storm Andrea flooded the area

June 8, 2013 3:43:09 PM PDT
The Brier Creek area was among the hardest hit by Tropical Storm Andrea's heavy rains leading to significant flooding.

A fire truck had to extend its ladder to rescue some drivers who got caught off guard by the rising water at the Brier Creek Parkway and Lumley Road intersection.

Brier Creek swelled and spilled over causing extensive flooding. At least two cars were stranded in the high water. The drivers had to be rescued by EMS and brought to safety.

"They actually had some guys that put the ladder near the window, and she climbed out on the ladder to get out of the car because I guess, at that time, the water was coming about her," said Tom Ayers, whose car was stranded in the flooding.

Ayer's wife was driving one of the cars stuck on Lumley Road.

She told him she saw the water, and thought the car could make it through, but then, all of a sudden, her Mercedes couldn't move.

"She tried to turn around but I think water may have short circuited the system," said Ayers.

There's now mud and muck inside. The car, which was custom made, is now a total loss.

"You can't fix this," said Ayers. "This is going to have to be replaced."

Others will have to make replacements as well. In all, at least one Brier Creek home had two feet of flood waters creep into the basement.

"It was really fast because I came home at 4 [p.m.], and, within 15 minutes, it was starting to come through," said resident Kavita Nijhawan.

The young mother says with the help of some neighbors she tried to save some items, but still holiday decorations, children's toys, and pictures were all ruined by Andrea.

"It's very upsetting because we didn't buy the flood insurance," said Nijhawan. "We haven't had a problem before and we didn't think we needed to, and all this is going to be trashed."

Nijhawan says the clean up starts Monday. She also plans to call her insurance company to get flood insurance after experiencing the tropical storm's wrath.

Over five inches of rain fell at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Friday.

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