Flooding still a problem in North Carolina as rain lingers into Thursday

The bulk of the rain is finally moving off to the east, but flooding is still a concern as water lingers.

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One driver had to be rescued from a flooded Stagecoach Road at Highway 751 in Durham early Thursday morning.

A woman driving on the road got stuck, but crews were able to pull her out. She was not injured.

Durham County Sheriff's deputies are blocking off the road, where "High Water" signs are posted. It is unclear when the road will reopen.

The rain will linger off and on through the morning hours before a surface front lifts away to the northeast, says ABC11 Meteorologist Steve Stewart. Once this front moves out, the flow will switch to be out of the north and this will act to dry things out.

"It will be a dry evening to be out and about for New Years Eve, with temperatures falling through the 50s into the upper 40s by midnight," he said. "This is still about 10-15 degrees warmer than the normal low for this time of year. Mostly cloudy skies will keep the temperature from plummeting tonight."

On Wednesday, RDU ended up with 1.79" and will likely pick up another 0.10-0.25" before this is all said and done.

The Town of Chapel Hill said the heavy rains and flooding led to a voluntary evacuation of apartments off of S. Estes Drive. Chapel Hill Police and Fire departments urged residents to leave the Camelot Village and Brookwood apartments Wednesday afternoon. Orange County Emergency prepared shelter arrangements for displaced residents.

"Those impacted by flooding should contact Orange County Department of Social Services at (919) 968-2000 or go to Southern Human Services Center at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill," an Orange County official said.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport said the rain was not seriously impacting flights, though.

Cooler air will move in cooling the area in the lower to middle 40s Thursday night. So, those heading out to celebrate the New Year should have dry conditions with temperatures falling into the lower 50s at midnight.

High pressure will build into the Tennessee Valley Friday promoting at least partial sunshine but also cooler temps, in the lower to middle 50s. Then it will drop closer to freezing Friday night and into the weekend.

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