July 27, 2013
North Carolina Flash Flooding Closes Roads Again

Portions of North Carolina experienced flash floods on Saturday after a system of thunderstorms stalled and dumped about a foot of rain.

The floods sent first responders rushing to save people stuck by the fast-moving waters. Dozens of major roads were closed in the western area of the state.

Authorities in Catawba County reported performing 10 swift-water rescues for residents by 3 pm local time Saturday, reports CNN. They included residents needing assistance getting out of their homes and vehicles.

At that point, the flooding had closed 52 roads in the inland county alone. Mark Petit, an emergency official in Catawba County, added that six of those roads will remain closed for an unknown amount of time due to flooding damage.

Lincoln County, south of Catawba, also saw eight to 10 inches of rain in a 12-hour period. County emergency management spokesman Dion Burleson explained that first responders performed five rescues by Saturday afternoon, though it didn't appear more would be needed.

ABC News reports that a full damage assessment from the North Carolina flooding is expected to start on Sunday, as waters are expected to recede. High water was expected to move down the Catawba River, potentially causing additional flooding.

Officials reported that High Shoals Lake in Catawba County rose almost five feet in 10 hours, though the rain had stopped by Saturday afternoon. Flooding also closed several miles of Interstate 85 through Cabarrus County for a short time. Drivers were forced to navigate water several inches deep in spots.

The flooding on Saturday is the fourth major flash flooding incident in the Charlotte area so far this month. Along with the newly-damaged roads in Catawba County, highway officials are already working to repair more than a dozen other roads damaged in the past month.

Thankfully, the National Weather Service reported that the heavy rain was finally moving east again across North and South Carolina. While additional flood warnings were issued for the area, there was no word on whether or not there would be more issues.

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