Creeks swell, dam breaks in northeastern NC, flooding roads, businesses, homes
Posted June 17, 2020 6:32 a.m. EDT
Updated June 17, 2020 11:11 p.m. EDT
Nashville, N.C. — Many roads were washed out and trees were down blocking roads in Granville, Nash and Vance counties on Wednesday, making for hazardous driving conditions.
Rocky Mount officials said Wednesday evening at least nine people were rescued from their home because of flooding around their house.
The heaviest rainfall and flooding was concentrated Wednesday in the north and east quadrant of North Carolina, with showers continuing into the evening. Showers were expected to end later Wednesday evening, giving us a couple of days of dry weather before more rain is expected for the weekend.
Thursday has a 30 to 40% chance for showers.
On Thursday, there is a chance for more flooding along the Tar River, its tributaries and in Rocky Mount. There's a flood warning issued for the Tar River at Rocky Mount and at Louisburg until Friday morning. But by Friday afternoon, that flood warning drops to a minor flood risk.
Roads washed out, trees reported down
Around 6 inches of rain was reported in Nashville and Centerville in the past 24 hours.
Water was rushing in from Stoney Creek into West Washington Street, which is near many restaurants and gas stations, around 2 p.m.
Crews were ferrying people by raft and carrying people in their arms to get them out of the rising water.
Seven Paths Road, Spring Hill Road, Hayes Road in Louisburg are all closed due to flooding.
The video below shows flooding in Nash County near Spring Hope.
Timmy Mills, a Spring Hope resident, lives on Edwards Road and has a family farm. He's concerned about his tobacco crop during this flooding.
"We put a lot of work, time and effort into and for it to be gone," Mills said. "We'll do what we can do and keep going."
Trees are reported down in Youngsville and in Louisburg, near the intersection of NC-581 and NC-56 and in Harris, in Rutherford County.
Lake Royale's police department, located in Louisburg, said Sagamore Drive is closed near a dam due to flooding.
Rocky Mount and areas in Vance County are also seeing roads that are washed out.
In Rocky Mount and Henderson, around 4 inches of rain was reported in the past 24 hours.
A stone dam on Weldon's Mill Road was breached and the water is running rushing over. The creek in the area is completely flooded.
On Edwards Road in Castalia, in Nash County, a bridge is washed out, according to WRAL viewers and photos.
Lisa Reeves, resident of Vance County, said she couldn't get to work today because there was so much water on Geranium Lane.
The bridge on the road is overrun by running water.
"It's still raining really hard, and I don't see our bridge coming out of the water for a really long time," she said.
Reeves said she can see the water rushing over the bridge and road and isn't able to cross.
"If anyone needs to cross that road do not cross that water," she said.
Remember: two feet of water will stall or float most vehicles. Avoid walking or driving in flooded areas and ditches.
Officials say the water in these areas will only continue to rise.
Water rescue in Rocky Mount
A family was rescued at their home by crews in Rocky Mount on Beechwood Drive Wednesday morning.
Nine people in total were removed from their homes in Rocky Mount because flooding was so bad near their home.
Officials say no one was injured.
A car was swept off the road in Nash County during flash flooding at around 6 a.m. Wednesday. Two residents were rescued on Saturday morning. They were found by officials standing on top of their car, floating in the water.
Officials said they had problems reaching the two people because many roads were closed due to flooding and downed trees.
The two people were stuck in the area near Seven Paths Road at a creek in Spring Hope.
Nash County Fire and Rescue had to send a boat to rescue the two people from their car.