Expecting potential heavy flooding, Fayetteville spared serious damage
Fayetteville was prepared for the potential for serious flooding. However, the rainfall totals weren't as high as expected, and the city was spared major damage or flooding. However, emergency crews were given a 'dry run' in how to prepare for a hurricane during the pandemic, which they believe could come in handy later this Hurricane Season.
GREAT YEARS, GARY. >>> HURRICANE ISAIAS TURNED BACK INTO A TROPICAL STORM AND MOVED ITS WAY UP THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR WITH FAYETTEVILLE AND ITS PATH. WRAL'S FAYETTEVILLE REPORTER GILBERT BAEZ IS LIVE. >> Reporter: THINGS ARE DRY , GERALD COME IN THE CEDAR FALLS NEIGHBORHOOD. PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE ON BOMBAY DRIVE GET NERVOUS AND THESE PICTURES WILL EXPLAIN WHY. >> THE WATER WAS UP TOWARD THE CEILING. >> Reporter: SHE HAS LIVED IN FAYETTEVILLE FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS AND TOOK THIS PICTURE OF TOWNHOMES DOWN THE STREET WHEN HURRICANE FLORENCE FLOODED THE PLACE. >> HURRICANE MATTHEW CAME THROUGH AND AS UP TO THE SECOND LEVEL OF THE RATE AND THEN WHEN FLORENCE CAME THROUGH IT WAS 5 FEET HIGH. >> USUALLY THIS IS WHERE IT STOPS. >> Reporter: JAMIE McNEIL BUT THIS HOME ON BOMBAY DRIVE LAST YEAR AND WAX CREEK RUNS BEHIND THE HOUSE. >> THEY TOLD US ABOUT THE FLOODING BUT NOTHING OF ANY SIGNIFICANCE. THEY SAID THE FLOODING WAS SO LONG AGO. >> Reporter: RAIN FRONT ISAIAS CAUSED FLOODING OVERNIGHT AT LOCKS CREEK AND HE KEEPS SANDBAGS CLOSE BY JUST IN CASE. IN JUNE HEAVY RAIN'S FRIEND AT THIS HOUSE. HE SAID HE IS NOT WORRIED BUT HE IS COUNTING HIS BLESSINGS. >> IT ONLY GETS THIS HIGH, AND THEN IT GOES AWAY. >> THESE ARE THE SANDBAGS HERE AND THIS IS LOCKS CREEK. THE AREAS HOLDING LOCKS CREEK AT BAY AND McNEIL HOPES THAT