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Parts of Fuquay-Varina Flood After Downpour Douses Triangle

Posted June 3, 2007

— The remnants of Topical Storm Barry brought much-needed rain to the Triangle Saturday night and Sunday.

Although the downpour was needed, some roads in Fuquay-Varina suffered as water flooded the area. West Spring Street was one area under water Sunday night.

Flood watches were up in coastal counties, where rain was expected to last through the day. Bands of heavy rain rumbled through the Triangle, and the National Weather Service said as much as 2 to 3 inches of rain were possible, and local flooding might occur.

One report listed 2.2 inches of rain in 20 minutes in Wake County northeast of Raleigh.

Police agencies were kept busy with a rash of accidents, though none reported serious injuries.

The weather service station at Raleigh-Durham International Airport reported just over three-quarters of an inch of rain had fallen. At Horace Williams Airport in Chapel Hill, the rain gauge showed 1.22 inches of rain had fallen by 8 a.m. Sunday. In Fayetteville, the airport weather station had collected 1.14 inches of rain.

The drought statewide hung on, however. Data from Asheville showed that area had its driest May since record-keeping began there in 1965, with just under an inch of rain falling in the entire 31 days. As the Barry system tracked along the coast after crossing Florida, Asheville drew less than a tenth of an inch of rain.

Forecasters expected the low-pressure system to keeping moving northeast and away from North Carolina, and cooler and dry air was forecast for the first part of the week. Later in the week, hot temperatures are on tap, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

Rainfall in the Triangle had been about 4 inches below normal before the Barry system arrived.

Barry had weakened into a tropical depression as it moved through Tampa Bay on Saturday, bringing nearly 7 inches of rain to parts of the drought-parched region.

Forecasters discontinued the tropical storm warnings and watches issued for stretches of the Gulf Coast. The depression's sustained winds had slowed to near 35 mph and it was moving north-northeast at about 23 mph.

The storm, which formed on the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, made landfall in the Tampa Bay area in the morning and had moved across the state to Jacksonville by the evening, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Dry conditions in Florida have left Lake Okeechobee, the second-largest freshwater lake in the contiguous United States, at its lowest recorded level and allowed a brush fire on the Georgia-Florida border to burn for weeks.

"This is a blessing," said Bob Buning, an employee at MacRae's Bait Shop in Homosassa, where boaters had returned to the Homosassa River by Saturday afternoon. "We needed this rain really bad."


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  • Retired nurse Jun 4, 2007

    To Cazman99-
    yes, GOD did make it rain! Who do you think did it if it wasn't GOD? We sure could not make such a miracle happen!!!!

  • mythoughts Jun 3, 2007

    We came through Fuquay this afternoon and it was really coming down. It was great to see the rain!
    By the way, we Yankees aren't the ones watering our lawns. Where we come from you have enough snow to keep the ground moist for the entire summer so we don't water our lawns!

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jun 3, 2007

    "If we all thought alike, what a dull world this would be!!!"

    Very true, but at least we wouldn't need the politicians anymore!!! ;-)

  • littleredwolfie Jun 3, 2007

    I was not trying to be unkind to anyone. I have friends who live in Fuquay. I was sincerely interested in whether or not there was damage and if there were areas people needed to avoid. My daughter was coming back from South Carolina tonight by way of Fayetteville and she would have had to come through Fuquay. I may not agree with everything anyone says but I will not dispute his/her right to have an opinion. If we all thought alike, what a dull world this would be!!!

  • rainy39 Jun 3, 2007

    NC Vet your right, I believe it is too much to ask for people to be civil to each other anymore. They would argue over whether the moon is green or purple. And here I was trying to lighten up the convo by doing my naked rain dance and it always either turns to race or some nonsense that people want to write. I truly hope that your daily lives are filled with much more hope and happiness than what you people write. (Not aimed at you NC Vet)

  • NC_VET Jun 3, 2007

    And people wonder why they (Wral) removed posts from articles.
    Hey we needed the rain pure and simple. F-V got a little to
    much in rain and a couple of streets got flooded. Can everyone
    just be civil towards each other or is that too much to ask.

  • littleredwolfie Jun 3, 2007

    Maybe I missed the point of this story. The headline read that parts of Fuquay-Varina were flooded. Then, the story jumped to information about the rain and Tropical Depression Barry. So, WRAL, was anyone hurt? Was there any damage due to the flooding? Or, was it just an inconvenience? Are there detours? If so, then Fuquay residents need to know what areas to avoid.

  • cazman99 Jun 3, 2007

    Why thank god,did he really make it rain.

  • computer trainer Jun 3, 2007

    We started this summer with a deficiet of over a foot, and have been for 3 years now. We need to conserve. It does matter how many people live here. If my grass is green, we are in drought situation. We have NEVER watered our lawn. Depend on the Good Lord to do that. He blessed us today.

  • They call me CATMAN Jun 3, 2007

    I am glad we got the rain my weeds were way past needing watering. Always glad to get the rain.