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Heavy Rains Create Flooding In Southern Wake County

Posted July 5, 2001 4:06 a.m. EDT

— Heavy rains flooded roads and forced Fourth Of July celebrations to be postponed around the area.

Both the runway area of the Triple W Airport and the back nine holes at the Crooked Creek golf course near Fuquay-Varina are flooded. They hope to re-open the entire course by Friday.

Southern Wake County residents were hit hardest by the rain as creeks swelled and left many roads under water. Old Apex-Holly Springs Road was literally washed away as a result of the heavy flooding. DOT officials hope to put asphalt on the roadway and have it repaired by 2 p.m. Thursday.

Last night, a brand-new rental car was flooded after its driver tried to cross Lake Wheeler Road. Two women in Greensboro also had to be rescued after they tried to drive on a flooded underpass.

DOT officials put up flares and warned people not to drive over the flooded roadways. Still many people ended up getting stuck.

"I think, this year, it's definitely become more of a problem," says Captain Mike Beasley of the Apex Fire Department. "You'd think after the same road floods over and over, people would learn where the areas are and get the message not to drive through fast-moving water."

The Fourth of July also fizzled at the State Fairgrounds Wednesday as thunderstorms sent people scurrying for cover and washed out the festivities.

As soon as the clouds opened up, people scattered to their cars.

Organizers decided to call the celebration a wash around 8 p.m. Wednesday night. The fireworks have been rescheduled for Thursday at 9:30 p.m.

Cary was also forced to cancel its Fourth of July celebration at Regency Park, which was to feature the North Carolina State Symphony.

Atlantic Pyrotechnics says the Cary fireworks were all covered up, but the explosives were ruined when a lake they were near flooded.

Officials ask people who left items at the park Wednesday night to retrieve them as soon as possible from the parking lot adjacent to the main entrance to the amphitheater. Items left include tarps, blankets, chairs and coolers.

Folks who spent their Fourth of July on Fort Bragg were luckier.

Soldiers, family members and friends packed the main post parade field for the annual Independence Day celebration.

There were carnival rides, a free concert, and lots of fun events for both young and old.

The celebration wrapped up with cannon fire and a fireworks display.