Weather

Sudden showers brings floods, crashes in Durham County

Posted July 8, 2011

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— Heavy rain and rising water caused chaos on the roads during the Friday evening rush hour. Westbound traffic crawled on Interstate 40 from Wade Avenue to Aviation Parkway where a series of crashes, involving dozens of vehicles, slowed progress and closed lanes. Interstate 40, I-40 traffic Streaming traffic camera video

State troopers remained on the scene through the evening to piece together exactly what happened. No serious injuries were reported, but many cars incurred dents and dings.

The storms washed through the western portion of the Triangle first, bringing high water to low-lying areas in Durham. Three people were rescued from a vehicle on Lawson Street between Lincoln Street and N.C. Highway 55, authorities said. 

"It just flooded real quick," said Cameron Walton, a student at North Carolina Central University. "The water started coming in the car. Of course we are soaked."

Durham sees flooding Durham sees flooding in familiar places

At the K-mart on University Drive, the rushing water opened a sink hole. The Durham Fire Department participated in a water rescue in the parking lot there.

Nana's Restaurant on University Avenue also saw flooding on Friday afternoon. It was the third time since late May that the Rockwood Building, home to Nana's saw similar flooding. The restaurant owner has been pressuring the city for a fix. 

Reports of Durham flooding


View Durham flooding in a larger map

Wet weather continues Saturday 

Scattered showers could continue to pop up through the night Friday, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. Some storms could become severe, with damaging wind gusts and small hail.

On Saturday, a cold front moving in from the north will interact with tropical moisture streaming up from the south. Scattered storms and rain could develop any time during the day, and temperatures will stay in the mid to upper 80s.

The cold front will usher in drier air, drastically reducing the chances for precipitation on Sunday. The chances for rain drop to virtually zero next Monday and Tuesday.

In place of clouds and storms, the heat will return as the work week begins, sending temperatures soaring through the 90s by mid-week.

34 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • lb27608 Jul 8, 2011

    "Durham continues to get high ratings on many things. When's the last time you were in Durham? Oh, never mind. Don't come. Let somebody else enjoy the good food, great performances at DPAC, great ballgames at DBAP, and all of the other great things going on in Durham."

    Just ignore ncouterbanks69. He's on here trolling all the time with his anti-Durham rants that border on obsessive.

    That being said, I hope that Nana's Restaurant doesn't end up flooded like it did the last time we got a lot of rain here. At least it's not graduation weekend this time.

  • MudLife Jul 8, 2011

    "im a pot hole" Geico commercial lol

  • jdag Jul 8, 2011

    ncouterbanks69

    Durham continues to get high ratings on many things. When's the last time you were in Durham? Oh, never mind. Don't come. Let somebody else enjoy the good food, great performances at DPAC, great ballgames at DBAP, and all of the other great things going on in Durham.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jul 8, 2011

    So, what happened to that widespread rain again? You know, 70 percent of the viewing area, not just Durham?

    Good thing I tuned out and swithched off the TV just as Fishel was about to give another bogus weather forecast. No need to watch because it is hardly ever right.

  • rufiedufie Jul 8, 2011

    when i wrote my response the roads were not flooding at the time, and i would not be the first to complain because i don't go on low lying roads when it is raining.

  • wonderwoman 65 Jul 8, 2011

    be grateful where I like we haven't been getting the rain like some places. We live on a farm too. We need it!

  • truth9806 Jul 8, 2011

    Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it!

  • luvstoQ Jul 8, 2011

    Bugzee50, maybe you should go back to WV because summers here are ALWAYS in the 90's, BUT, so are a lot of places further north than NC just as hot. I love the summers here, MUCH better than cold and deep snow! The nice showers keep our gardens and flowers green!!!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 8, 2011

    Love those musician frogs in the picture.

    LOL LOL LOL

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 8, 2011

    catalyst - "this is news why? it storms everyday here during the summer rufiedufie"
    No, not everyday. News is news, you don't have to read it if you don't want to. ;P

    AMEN!!!

    To those in low-lying areas, this is INDEED news because those in low-lying areas may have to take action to protect lives and items.

More...