23 displaced from Raleigh townhomes flooded by torrential rain; Holly Springs road washed out

Sunday, October 10, 2021
Flooding leads to collapse of road in Holly Springs
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Flooding leads to collapse of road in Holly Springs.

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- Heavy rain throughout central North Carolina triggered Flash Flood Warnings and brought down trees and power lines.

In Holly Springs, the rushing water washed away a piece of Campbell Road right off of Holly Spring Road.

No one was hurt. NCDOT put up road-closed signs on the roadway.


ABC11 breaking news crews captured flooding in Princeton Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, American Red Cross volunteers are assisting 23 people who were displaced from 12 townhome units in the 5000 block of Dana Drive in Raleigh.

"I just had to go upstairs and wait for emergency crews to get me in the boat," said Randy McClain.

First responders helped McClain and his neighbors to safety, but they are now flooded out of their apartments. Several units are now tagged unsafe.

"It is what it is. It happens," said McClain, when asked what was going through his mind.

This is the first time McClain has been displaced by a relentless storm. He had just moved in six months ago.

"I was asleep and I looked out the window there was already water up to the truck. I was going to try and move it but it was just coming too fast," said McClain.

According to Raleigh police, 1806 Wake Forest Road just south of East Whitaker Mill Road was closed north and southbound due to downed power lines. The closure is expected to last for a couple of hours. Drivers can use Atlantic Avenue.

First Alert Meteorologist Steve Stewart says this is a record for rainfall on this day for RDU. As of Saturday morning, the area has seen 4.60'' of rain while the previous record was 3.97'' on this day in 1894.

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