Updated: 12:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2011 | Posted: 7:25 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Flooding Closes Roads In Stanly, Cabarrus Counties
CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. —
A night of constant rain has caused road closures in Cabarrus and Stanly counties.
Officials shut down Stallings Road at Quail Hollow Drive and Pharr Mill Road at Rocky River Road because flood waters have covered the roadways. Stallings Road was reopened about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, but officials said there was still a lot of standing water in the area.
Officials also said a fallen tree was blocking Highway 200 at County Line Road, but the fire department had cleared the roadway by 7:30 a.m.
Roads Closed In Cabarrus County Due To Flooding
The Cabarrus County Department of Transportation said heavy rain can quickly overcome the creek, delivering more rain than it can handle. Officials said new construction near the university area in Mecklenburg County has also reduced areas where water can soak into the ground, making runoff problems even worse in Cabarrus County.
DOT officials said the fix to the problem would involve raising the bridge and the approach at least four inches, but there are not immediate plans to make that upgrade.
The National Weather Service issued flood warnings in Cabarrus, Stanly and Mecklenburg counties. The warnings expired around 11 a.m. for most areas.
Meteorologist Keith Monday said rain reports from overnight have been significant across Charlotte. In Reedy Creek Park, nearly three inches fell. At Mallard Creek near I-485, more than 2.5 inches have fallen. And at Harding High School, almost 2.5 inches have fallen.