August 6, 2011 by staff
About 7 inches of rain fell in about four hours northwest of Charlotte, making the streams and rivers to run fast.
A woman drowned in a creek near the line of Charlotte-Matthews, Charlotte firefighters said. Rescuers were searching along the creek Friday night for a second possible victim believed to be related to the woman who drowned. Police said the woman and another person had been caught stealing from the Burlington Coat Factory in Sardis Road North and had run toward the creek flooded in an effort to escape.
In the Garden Apartments at the University of Beatties Ford Road in west Charlotte, firefighters used speedboats and water got waist-high water to rescue 20 people trapped after Stewart Creek overflowed its banks.
The stream covered cars in the parking lot and approached the threshold of the door of the house. Firefighters went door to door, helping residents get to dry land.
It is an area prone to flooding due to the nearby stream, which tends to overflow in heavy rains, fire officials said.
But Elizabeth Parker, who has seen three floods in the apartments, said the water never reached the door – until Friday. Parker said he was upstairs, childcare of your 1-year-old cousin, when firefighters knocked on the door.
That helped her into a whitewater boat, and then lifted the child, wearing a life jacket large as a firefighter and he groaned under his arm.
“She was screaming, with an adjustment,” said Parker.
Evacuations are also needed in the apartments on the terrace of Andrill, located near Oaklawn Avenue, near Interstate 77 in northwest Charlotte.
The area of?? Almost steady rain fell in a narrow corridor of southeast Shelby County Chesterfield, SC, but the worst appeared to be in the eastern Gaston and Mecklenburg counties.
The National Weather Service meteorologists said the Charlotte area will remain under the threat of more rain today, with several weak low pressure system expected to move through the Carolinas before turning the heat on Sunday.
The flooding closed part of Interstate 85 south and dozens of intersections in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties. Mount Holly Firefighters braved the water to the neck to help about 10 people inside the stores in the district of the central city business.
At the Embassy Suites on South Tryon Street, a drainage pipe that carries water from the roof exploded around 12:30 pm that sends a jet of water in the lobby of the hotel but the hotel remains open.
Sharon Foote, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Waste Water Services, warned people to stay away from creeks and streams, many of which spilled over its banks.
County officials McAlpine Greenway Park closed due to flooding.
Automated meter showed the worst flooding was Little Sugar Creek at Carolinas Medical Center, Stewart Creek and Morehead Street.
At 3 pm, Little Sugar Creek flood level reached over 14 feet, is the normal level is 2 feet. Some flooding occurred along the creek in the park road corridor. Stewart Creek came to 18.6 feet; flood stage is also higher, at 2 pm
Minor flooding was reported in McAlpine, Briar, Back Mallard, and streams Irwin.
The highest rainfall report came from a meter in the water treatment plant at the Beatties Ford Road vest in the Brookshire freeway, where 6.85 inches was reported.
About 4-1/2 inches fell in about two hours in the uptown area, flooding more than a dozen crossings during the lunch hour.
National Weather Service meteorologist Harry Gerapetritis said the heavy rain formed along a weak frontal system spread throughout the area.
“There was little or no movement of the atmosphere, so the water kept in the same places,” he said.
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