RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Some roads have been closed due to flooding as heavy rain fell throughout central North Carolina for two solid days. In addition to flooding, thousands were without power early Tuesday and dozens of crashes were reported Monday.
A Flood Warning was extended for several central North Carolina counties until late Wednesday morning as heavy rain fell through the morning and flooding continued Tuesday night.
The counties still under a flood warning until 11:30 a.m. Wednesday are Wayne, Nash, Edgecombe, southern Granville, Wake, Johnston, Wilson, Durham and Franklin.
The Tar River is expected to crest in Rocky Mount at 26.9 feet at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, about 1.9 feet lower than the crest for Hurricane Matthew.
Raleigh police said Tuesday night that the following roads are still impacted due to heavy rain:
- Inbound Glenwood Avenue at Creedmoor Road
- 4000 block of Blue Ridge Road
- Lumley Road at Rink Road
- Wake Forest Road at Six Forks
- Wake Forest Road at Hodges Street
- Atlantic Avenue at Hodges Street
- 2500 block of Capital Boulevard
- 2800 block of New Hope Church Road
As of 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, the following roads have since been reopened:
- Tryon Road between Anvil and Durham Drive
- Harps Mill Road at Litchford Road
- Milburnie Road at Shanta Drive
- Sunnybrook Road at Woodmeadow Parkway
- Creedmoor Road at Crabtree Valley Mall Avenue
- 2500 block of Capital Boulevard
- One outbound lane of Glenwood Avenue
- Lumley Road at Rink Road
Flooding along the Crabtree Creek basin in Raleigh has caused major flooding in multiple areas nearby. Water from the creek should reach low-lying homes and over a bridge in the Anderson Drive area.
In the Wake Forest Road area, flood waters have already covered a section of Atlantic Avenue and the water is expected to flood businesses near McNeil Street, as well as the Wake Forest Bridge Roadway. Businesses along Wake Forest Road including El Rodeo, AutoZone, Subway, Hanna Imports and Mami Nora’s are at least partially underwater.
In the Crabtree Valley Mall area, the water covered Creedmoor Road and flooded all of the parking lots at the mall.
The mall announced it would be closed due to heavy rains.
Residents on Dacian Road in Raleigh have been unable to leave their homes due to flooding on their street, CBS North Carolina’s David Hurst reported.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said two sinkholes have formed in Wake County – one at Grasshopper Road and one on Woodcrest Drive.
Wake Forest officials sent a press release warning drivers of areas that are prone to flooding during heavy rain. Those roads are as follows:
• Durham Road/N.C. Highway 98, Richland Creek
• East Juniper Avenue near North Allen Road
• Forestville Road, Toms Creek
• Forestville Road, Sanford Creek
• Harris Road, Richland Creek
• Heritage Heights Lane, 1300 Block
• Jenkins Road, Horse Creek
• Ligon Mill Road, Smith Creek
• Ligon Mill Road, Toms Creek
• North Main Street, Walnut Avenue to Cedar Avenue
• North White Street, Juniper Street to Flaherty Avenue
• Oak Grove Church Road, Dunn Creek
• Purnell Road at Jackson Road, Horse Creek
• Purnell Road, Mud Branch
• Rogers Road, Sanford Creek
• Rogers Road, Smith Creek
• West Oak Avenue, Richland Creek
• Wait Avenue, Dunn Creek
• Wall Road, Wallridge Drive to Harris Road
• Watkins Farm Road at Young Street
The Zebulon Fire Department reported that U.S. Route 264 westbound is closed where it merges with U.S. Route 64 due to high water.
Interstate 95 at exit 119 (U.S. 264) is also closed near Rocky Mount, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The road is impassable as of Tuesday morning. Officials advise motorists to take exit 119A/U.S. 264 east, continue on U.S. 264 east and take exit 40 for N.C. Highway 42 west, turn right onto N.C. 42 west and then continue on N.C. 42west to re-access I-95.
U.S. Route 301 near Lucama in Wilson County was also shut down in both directions between Lloyd Road and Mobley Road, according to the NCDOT.
Also on Tuesday morning, high water was reported on N.C. Highway 55 at Shady Grove Road and Lees Country Club Road at U.S. Route 117 in Mount Olive in Wayne County. No roads were closed though.
In Harnett County, there were reports of flooding in the 3000 block of Langdon Avenue in Angier, Ellis Avenue in Dunn, and West D Street between 13th and 14th streets in Erwin.
Secondary roads throughout Johnston County were flooded Tuesday morning, according to officials. Multiple vehicles stalled in flood waters near Wilson Mills. Medlin Road has experienced some flooding as well, troopers said.
At least 15 to 20 roads are closed in Nash County due to flooding, mostly in the southern part of the county, according to officials.
In Clayton, the Neuse River covered a bridge along Pritchard Road.
And Clayton’s riverwalk was closed as the Neuse River spread onto the path. The river also flooded backyards in the area.
According to Duke Energy, more than 12,500 people were without power in Wake County until around 7 a.m. Tuesday. Many of those customers were located in Raleigh.
Tuesday morning’s issues were a continuation of problems that began early in the day Monday and continued throughout the night.
More than 40 wrecks were reported just in Wake, Durham and Cumberland counties by Monday afternoon, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, whose numbers did not include wrecks within cities or towns.
No serious incidents were reported overnight.
In Raleigh just before 11 p.m. Monday, police shut down Capital Boulevard northbound at Crabtree Boulevard because of flooding.
Earlier flooding closed Glenwood Avenue at Brier Creek Parkway around 5:35 p.m., but the area reopened around 8 p.m.
Flooding around 5:45 p.m. Monday also closed Tryon Road between Hammond Road and Wilmington Street.
Also, Glenwood at Alexander Road near Five Points was down to one lane because of flooding on the road, officials said.
It’s unclear if all the wrecks are weather-related, but police in one city said they were seeing “more traffic crashes than on a dry day.”
In north Raleigh, a large tree fell across Brennan Drive, completely blocking the road late Monday morning.
At least two wrecks closed roads in Fayetteville on Monday afternoon.
A crash involving four vehicles closed part of Owen Drive in front of Cape Fear Valley Regional Hospital around 3 p.m. A driver in that crash said that the roads were slick.
About the same time, authorities were dealing with a crash that closed Wilkes Road.
In the Wilkes Road wreck, a large truck flipped and split a power pole into two pieces. As of 4 p.m., crews were trying to flip the truck back into an upright position and remove it from the area.
Late Monday morning, Fayetteville police were also investigating a hit and run wreck at Cain Road at US Highway 401.
Also in Fayetteville, power crews worked Monday to repair lines along Cliffdale Road after there were power outages Sunday night.
Around 9 p.m. Sunday, a transformer near Cliffdale Road and Prestige Boulevard began sparking, one witness said.
“You could see one part of the pole on fire, small fire… you could see sparks from the transformer and the wire,” said Wesley Stoneking Hoffman, who saw the incident from his back yard.
Power was out in the area for about three hours and restored around midnight, but trucks returned to Cliffdale Road Monday morning to do more work in the area.