Flash floods strike in Triangle

Flooding in Chapel Hill.
July 1, 2013 5:18:29 AM PDT
Heavy rain dumped on parts of the Triangle Sunday - overwhelming drainage systems and causing flash floods in some areas.

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In Chapel Hill, storm water flooded the parking lot of the Shops at East Gate shopping center on Franklin Street.

Firefighters had to rescue some drivers from their cars.

"When I started to get out, the water started coming in, so I closed the door to keep the water out till I could get somebody," a man rescued by firefighters told ABC11.

Some businesses in the shopping center were using sand bags to try and keep the water out.

There was also a report of flooding at Camelot Village Apartments off Estes Drive.

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Chapel Hill wasn't the only area with problems. Chatham County also saw flooding.

In Carrboro, there was a report of residents of a mobile home park being evacuated on Greensboro Street.

On Garrett Road at Old Chapel Hill Road in Durham, firefighters help drivers get out of their vehicles when storm drains were overwhelmed and vehicles stalled in the rising waters.

There was a similar scene along Highway 15/501 at University Drive where water could be seen gushing out of the tops of manholes.

Also in Durham, a large tree fell across Cheek Road during the storms, bringing down power lines and leaving several nearby residents in the dark.

The wet weather is expected to continue into Monday and heavy rain is possible.

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The month of June has been a very wet month with over two and a half times our normal rainfall amounts. With the ground saturated, the potential for flash floods is much higher than normal.

The ABC11 weather team says an unsettled weather pattern will continue on Monday and Tuesday as central North Carolina remains stuck in between a large zone of high pressure off to the east and a large trough or dip in the jet stream off to the west. In between these two features, a broad deep-layer southwesterly flow will pump copious amounts of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico into the region. This moisture will lead to plenty of clouds and numerous showers and drenching thunderstorms, which will hold afternoon highs down into the lower and middle 80s for Monday, Tuesday and even on into Wednesday.

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In addition, the thunderstorms will have heavy enough rainfall the next several days to continue to cause some flash flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas.

For the end of the week for the Fourth of July and beyond, the high pressure system off to our east will begin to build westward into central North Carolina. This will lead to more sunshine, more seasonably hot temperatures with afternoon highs around 90 and a decrease in the amount of afternoon and evening thunderstorm activity as well.

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