Storms down trees, cause flood concerns across Triangle

June 10, 2013 7:53:31 PM PDT
Monday's strong storms brought down trees, and had some keeping a wary eye on creeks already on the brink after Friday's deluge from Tropical Storm Andrea.

"At first, I thought it was just a really bad storm, but then when it got here it was loud really loud," said Vance Hicks.

Some of the most dramatic storm stories Monday came out of eastern Wake County.

"All these trees were just absolutely whipping just whipping back and forth," said Hicks.

Where the wind, rain, and over saturated soil helped take down trees that have stood for decades.

"The rain was coming from Poole Road blew sideways. It was actually sideways," said David Medlin.

Medlin and his three children huddled for cover in their home off Poole and Grasshopper Roads.

"All of a sudden, the wind was like somebody turned a hair dryer above my front yard," said Medlin.

The tree just missed the house. It smashed the kids' outdoor play-set instead.

Poole Road was turned into a debris field by the storm. Downed power lines and tree limbs littered the street.

However, unlike last week's rains that swelled little Brier Creek to the point of river rescues, the creek stayed within its banks Monday.

Residents in Franklin County took cover when the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning, but witness reports of a funnel cloud on the ground could not be confirmed. First responders in Centerville found no sign of trouble.

"So we've just maintained and stood by our area because the storm was heading this way and we've had no danger here," said Herbert Rice, with the Centerville Volunteer Fire Dept.

In the Sandhills, heavy rain was the last thing people need. Several homes in Vass are still dealing with high water from the weekend.

In many areas, there is still a lot of standing water. Some from Monday's rain on top of what we got from Tropical Storm Andrea.

In some communities, residents say the high water set a new flood record.

"This is the worst one we have seen because we haven't ever had the water all the way up to the house," said Moore County resident Shugrek Hardy.

There was relief in Hardy's voice, she and her grandchildren fled the rising waters on Saturday, and she feared she wouldn't have a house to come home to.

"It's up underneath the house, but if it would have kept coming it would have been inside," said Hardy.

The flood waters from Andrea are receding. Moore County officials say more than a dozen residents were evacuated over the weekend. Many waded home Monday to check out the damage.

For a while though, many feared the rain would bring back the high water. It did in a few places. In Harnett County, part of Titan-Roberts Road was closed.

In Spring Lake, emergency officials kept a close eye on the Lower Little River. Sunday, the water threatened to wash across the Manchester Road Bridge before it began to recede.

Five motorists were stranded Sunday in a vehicle attempting to cross an over washed bridge on Fort Bragg. It happened at the John Neil Shaw Road Bridge at approximately 6:15 p.m.

A boat team helped to rescue the stranded motorists. All five were safely removed from the water way and returned to shore where they were turned over to military police.

None of the motorists was injured.

Many Fayetteville residents say they haven't seen the Cape Fear River this flooded since Hurricane Fran.

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