Still recovering from July floods, Raleigh apartment complex braces for Hermine

Posted September 1, 2016 10:19 p.m. EDT
Updated September 1, 2016 10:36 p.m. EDT

— Neighbors in a flood-prone west Raleigh apartment complex are always concerned when there’s any talk of a relentless rain storm.

In July, a storm caused a creek to overflow its bank, flooding more than a dozen units at Brook Hill Apartments near Jones Franklin Road. Thursday night, residents were preparing as Hurricane Hermine threatened to dump rain across the state.

The creek that runs near the Brook Hill Apartments was calm Thursday night, but neighbors remember when it wasn’t.

“Honestly, it was a little scary,” said resident Jeremiah Crawshaw.

Crawshaw and his family rode out the July storm that caused significant damage when it dumped several feet of water in more than a dozen apartments.

“We got a little bit of water in the kitchen and we lost the carpet where it just kind of soaked up like a sponge,” he said.

Blue stickers still mark the apartments that were deemed unlivable after July’s flooding. Damaged cars remain in the spots where they were parked when the flood waters receded.

Persephone Branch said her experience in the July storm is something she does not want to relive.

“One of my friend’s dad actually saved some people, literally with a cord. They were trying to swim and they almost drown. I mean, they were kids and they literally almost drown. I was very scared honestly,” she said.

On Thursday, apartment management left letters on doors warning residents about the approaching storm. With adequate warning, Crawshaw and his neighbors will be keeping a close eye on the creek.

“This one could be worse so we’ll just see what happens,” Crawshaw said.