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Danny's Deluge Catches Raleigh Residents Off Guard

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The Crabtree Creek gets the best of this neighborhood
RALEIGH — Folks could do nothing but watch as the water swallowed up more and morelow lying areas. Creeks spread like muddy fingers extending out. Fieldand stream converged. A soccer field filled fast. A baseball diamondlost its luster. You couldn't even see the pitchers' mound.

Some roads were blocked off as police enforced a no passage policy. Somedrivers imposed their own no passage, not willing to risk it. Othersplowed right through, determined not to let the water get the best ofthem.

Roads previously washed out in storms past were carefully monitored today.Some neighborhoods submerged during Fran started to fill again, catchingresidents off-guard.

Gemma Palm called her neighbors at work. Not long after, everyone cametogether to watch. Palm says her family wasn't expecting anything withthe storm. She imagined heavy rains. What Palm got was a big surprise.

The Palms have done it before. They brought out the chalk again to markthe spot where the water was.

The Palms calmly watched as the water receded. Fran taught them to movethe cars early. The family thought that kind of water wouldn't comeagain for another hundred years or so.

Some welcomed the water. A golf hole turned into a fishing hole. Today, a river runs through it. One golf pro took it all in stride.

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