Flash flood watch, flood warning in effect as rain continues

July 3, 2013 3:33:15 PM PDT
A flash flood watch remains in effect for much of the ABC11 viewing area as widespread showers and thunderstorms redevelop Wednesday.

The very humid and showery weather pattern will continue across the central part of the state today.

The flash flood watch remains in effect until Wednesday evening.

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The chairman of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners has declared a State of Emergency after more than five inches of rain caused severe flooding in Chapel Hill and Carrboro on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Town of Chapel Hill is asking for your help as it still tries to recover from Sunday's severe flooding.

A state of emergency remains in place in Chapel Hill as the drenched town tries to get federal help.

Damage assessment teams were on the ground Wednesday hoping to convince the federal government to provide grants and low interest loans to dozens of displaced families and some businesses.

Emergency officials say they are concerned with the threat of more storms and flooding. They're also concern for an expected infestation of mosquitoes.

"Think about children that are in play areas where there may be standing water and grass because the mosquito influx from this amount of water is going to be huge," said Chapel Hill Fire Chief

Orange County Social Services is now accepting clothing, housing, and even monetary donations to help those in need.

The Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at Smith Middle School to assist displaced residents. Those in need are asked to call American Red Cross at (919) 489-6541 or Orange County Social Services at (919) 245-2800.

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Farmers are also feeling the impact of too much rain. Agriculture officials have said a lot of farmers across the state are trying to salvage what they can from soggy and muddy fields.

Lee County grower John Gross said he figures he's lost about half his tobacco crop.

"It's tough. We have got twice as much in this crop than we had in a normal crop," he said. "We had to put extra fertilizer and extra chemicals and it washes it. The only thing you can do about the weather is talk about it. You've got to take the good with the bad. We had one of the best years ever last year. This year might be the worst we have ever had, but that's the way it goes."

On the bright side, Wednesday's wet conditions will tapper off, bringing changes in the weather for the rest of the week.

Instead of widespread rainfall, there will be just scattered thunderstorms around Thursday, Friday and Saturday with long stretches of rain-free weather. The increased sunshine will boost temperatures into the upper 80's Thursday and then into the lower 90's on Friday and over the weekend.

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