Several schools delay Wednesday as flooded roads persist
Posted April 25
Raleigh, N.C. — Although most major roads across the Triangle were open Tuesday evening, some areas remained flooded after heavy rains over the last 48 hours prompted flood warnings for many counties.
"The roads near Crabtree Valley Mall have reopened," said WRAL traffic reporter Brian Shrader. "The good news is the creek is receding and the roads have slowly been reopening."
Tow truck drivers near in flooded areas had their work cut out for them.
"It's been a mess," said Chad McCormick. "We can't get to half of the people we are trying to get to, but we are getting to everyone we can."
Drivers tried to navigate McNeill Street and failed.
"It was a bad decision...it's just a little deeper than it looks," said Conor Regan.
Johnston County Public Schools said students and staff will be on a two-hour delay Wednesday due to issues with road conditions. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said more than 50 roads in the county have been identified as being flooded or as experiencing issues with flooding.
The delay gives bus drivers an opportunity to see the roads and prepare for issues that may have occurred overnight, officials said.
Nash-Rocky Mount schools as well as schools in Wayne and Wilson counties will also operate on a two-hour delay Wednesday.
High water levels also caused issues at Lake Wheeler Park. Several boat ramps were closed Tuesday, and water covered benches, trash cans and rental boats.
"A lot of debris is washed up and the water level removed some of the boat ramps," said Park Manager Chris Murray. "The boats for rent are submerged in water right now."
Roads closed include:
- Wake Forest Road, between Six Forks Road and Hodges
- Atlantic Avenue at Hodges
- Johnson Pond Road
- Jonesville Road
- Barwell Road near Poole Road
- Old Oxford Road
- Moores Mill Road
- Snow Hill Road
- Rippling Stream Road
- Old Fairground Road
- Cox Mill Road
- Antioch Church Road
- Redhouse Road