Heavy Rains Flood Creeks, Dampen Plans
Posted January 17, 1998
RALEIGH — The rain fell fast and hard in the Triangle Friday. It wasn't a disaster, but it washed out the afternoon commute. The heavy rain rushed into creeks, swelling them over roads. The downpour is over, but the damage remains.
Wake County received more than its fair share of rain from Mother Nature. In just two hours more than an inch fell. Drivers had some of the most trouble with the heavy rainfall. Robert Wright of Vanceboro says it ruined his trip to the airport.
"The car in front of me just stopped, completely stopped," Wright explains. "And when I stopped, my vehicle started sliding. I didn't have control of it."
The trooper who handled the accident has one big tip to help prevent rear-enders in this weather. Increase your following distance.
The rain created some places where people shouldn't drive at all, or at least proceed very carefully. An overflowing Crabtree Creek left the main driveway to an apartment complex in North Raleigh under a foot of water, creating a big inconvenience, especially for people carrying precious cargo, like their children.
And just a few miles away, road crews blocked off a local street, and in effect, Virgil Horton's driveway.
Earth already loosened by construction didn't weather the storm well. A wall of mud came sliding down next to Lynn Road near Highway 70. The mess didn't reach the street, but if we get another downpour, it could.