2006 Top Newsmakers: Alberto's Remnants Pound N.C.
Posted December 26, 2006 1:51 p.m. EST
Updated December 28, 2006 12:51 p.m. EST
Alberto pushed into the state at dawn, bringing tornado watches and flood warnings in most of central North Carolina.
The storm was blamed in the death of a 13-year-old Franklin County boy who drowned while playing basketball with some friends.
In Raleigh, roads near Crabtree Valley Mall flooded as Crabtree Creek's water levels rose to 23.77 feet, the highest level since flooding from Hurricane Fran on Sept. 6, 1996.
Problems with a drainage system in its parking deck forced Crabtree Valley Mall to close at noon. At least a dozen mall shoppers were briefly stranded inside.
The mall reopened the next day, but about six stores sustained extensive water damage,and did not immediately reopen.