DAMAGE REPORTS: Florence topples trees, floods roads across region

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. "The risk to life is rising with the angry waters," Gov. Roy Cooper declared.

[GALLERY: Storm-related damage across the Charlotte area]

[WATCH: Interactive Radar]



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8 p.m.

The Cheraw fire chief said they are evacuating the evacuation shelter because of rising water.

There was 2 feet of water inside the community center, which was the planned evacuation shelter. Now they are moving as many as two dozen people to Cheraw High School.

As the water continued to rise, they are again doing water rescues around town.

The fire chief said about a dozen people have been rescued from their homes.

2:30 p.m.

A busy road in Matthews is shut down for flooding.

A nearby creek flooded Sam Newell Road and officials are not letting any drivers pass.

1:30 p.m.

City of Charlotte officials said they've received 283 storm damage calls related to tree debris since Thursday.

11:50 a.m.

Updated list of closures due to power lines and trees down:

  • North Tryon Street/16th Street (flooding)
  • 3200 Shopton Road (power lines)
  • Weddington Road/Plantation Center Drive (tree down)
  • Thompson Road/Fairington Oaks (tree down)
  • 7100 block Nelson Road (tree down)
  • Park Road/Mockingbird Lane (power lines)
  • Addison Drive/Robinwood Road (flood)
  • 1415 Edgewood Road (tree/water main)
  • 20406 Bethelwood Lane (tree)


11:40 a.m.

There is extreme flooding on St. George Street as Briar Creek crests. Police have gone knocking on neighbors' doors to let them know.


11:05 a.m.

CMPD has responded to dozens of calls this morning around town. Their command center is monitoring creeks.


11 a.m.

The awning above several businesses along Central Avenue in Charlotte fell overnight -- likely caused by strong winds and heavy rain.

Mecklenburg County currently has 25,000 power outages.


10:40 a.m.

East Liberty Street in York County is mostly closed because of downed power lines.


10 a.m.

Sardis Church Road in Indian Trail is now closed near the entrance to the Crooked Creek Wastewater treatment facility, near the QuikTrip and ALDI due to flooding.


10 a.m.

Huge tree crashed down on Springs Street in Fort Mill.


9:50 a.m.

Overnight, York County emergency crews responded to 27 trees in the roadway, 18 power lines down, six calls for service, two structure fires, and five trees on homes.


9:30 a.m.

Viewer Mike O'Hara sent Channel 9 video of a major water main break in the University City area, on Wyndborough Lane off Prosperity Church Road.


9:15 a.m.

Sam Newell Road closed near Independence Boulevard in Matthews due to flooding.


9:05 a.m.

  • North Tryon Street closed at 16th Street for flooding.
  • 3200 block of Shopton Road closed due to downed power lines


8:50 a.m.

  • Road closures in Anson County:
  • Camden Church Road is closed near White Store and Horton Road
  • Lockhart Road is closed due to high water near U.S. 52 North
  • Brown Creek Church Road has been closed due to high water in the area of Fork Branch between N.C. 742 and U.S. 52
  • Webb Road is closed due to high water flooding between Beck Road and Deep Creek Church Road
  • The bridge is closed on Lockhart Road crossing over Goulds Creek between U.S. 52 and Brown Creek Road


8:30 a.m.

Shopton road is closed because of downed power lines.


8 a.m.

State Road 2547 (Safrit Road) in Rowan County is blocked due to a tree down on power lines.


6:30 a.m.

Rock Hill police responded overnight to numerous trees down. No injuries were reported.


6 a.m.

Union County road closures:

  • NC-218 near Holly School Road
  • South Potter Road near Embassy Court
  • E CJ Thomas Road near Unionville Road

Richmond County road closures:

  • NC-381 near Scotland County Road
  • Concord Church Road near Saron Church Road
  • Richmond Road near Terrys Bridge Road due to a down tree
  • Battley Dairy Road near Homeplace Road due to a fallen tree
  • East Washington Street and Long Drive due to down power lines

Anson County road closures:

  • Near US 52 between US52 and Browns Creek Road due to high water

​​Stanly County road closures:

  • Hwy 731 is closed between SR 1766 and Hwy 52 South in Norwood due to hanging utility lines
  • Indian Mound Road is closed at SR 1739 to NC 24/27 due to a downed tree and power lines


5:10 a.m.

More trees have fallen across the Charlotte area overnight:

  • 1914 Dilworth Road
  • Queens Road West prior to Queens Road
  • Derita Avenue at Gibbon Road
  • Tyvola Road at Wedgewood Drive
  • 1400 South Wendover Road
  • Sam Newell Road at Crown Point Elementary School
  • Tree fell on the roof at Heath Springs Residential Care in Lancaster. Nobody was hurt.


5 a.m.

MEDIC says ambulances are well-positioned across Mecklenburg County as potentially stronger rain arrives. On Saturday, they responded to 355 calls -- 18 of them involving fallen trees, as well as 46 traffic crashes.


9:40 p.m.

Six people were getting ready for dinner Saturday night when a tree crushed their Gaston County home. They got out of the house safely, and there were no injuries reported.

7:20 p.m.

Heavy rains have breached a Duke Energy coal ash landfill at Sutton Lake in Wilmington, the company said Saturday evening.

6:45 p.m.

A tree fell onto a car and hit a home on Shiloh Unity Road in Lancaster. The family ran to the back of the house when they heard the crash.

5:20 p.m.

The roof of a Fort Mill gas station was blown off by strong winds. It happened at the Gulf Station on Spratt Street at Highway 160.

5:10 p.m.

Officials said all four lanes of Highway 521 at Charles Pettus Road in Lancaster County are blocked

5:05 p.m.

A fallen tree and power lines have shut down a road in Matthews.

Matthews police said Pleasant Plains at Fair Forest Drive is closed and traffic is being diverted through the Brightmoor neighborhood.

3:30 p.m.

Downed power lines and a tree have shut down Standard Street. Police are asking drivers to avoid the area.

Officials said no one was hurt.

3:25 p.m.

Flash flood warnings have been issued for Cabarrus and Rowan counties until 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

3:20 p.m.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it has responded to several tree downs across the area, but so far, there have been no serious injuries.

3:15 p.m.

A tree came down on top of a home in Matthews. Channel 9 was told no one was hurt when the tree fell on Hartis Lane.

3 p.m.

Flash flood warnings have been issued for Anson, Union, Richmond and Stanly counties until 10:15 p.m. Saturday

1:45 p.m.

Channel 9 crews arrived on scene of a large tree on a home in the Myers Park neighborhood.

The homeowner said the tree on Bucknell Avenue came down last night when the family was out of town. He told Channel 9 a neighbor heard a big boom and called him to let him know what happened.

No one was hurt.

1:15 p.m.

Duke Energy is reporting 7,415 customers without power in Mecklenburg County


8:30 a.m.

A large tree has crashed down on Howard Road in the Derita neighborhood of north Charlotte.


7:20 a.m.

State Road 1228 (White Store Road) is closed in both directions in Anson County Near Peachland due to a tree down.


6:30 a.m.

State Road 1608 (Boyd Lake Road) is closed in both directions in Richmond County due to downed power lines and trees.


6 a.m.

Outbound lanes of South Tryon Street at Southampton Road are closed due to a power line down.  Duke Power is on scene working on the problem. The inbound lanes remain open.


5:20 a.m.

Providence Road West at Marvin Road is closed in both directions due to power lines being down. The tree came crashing down around 7 p.m. Friday.

Police have barricades in place to prevent traffic from driving on the lines.

There are more than 3,300 Duke Energy customers without power in Mecklenburg County.


5:10 a.m.

Nations Ford Road is closed in both directions just north of Archdale Drive (near the Burger King) due to power lines being down in the roadway. The lines are down after being hit by a tree limb.


3:45 a.m.

A large tree has fallen in the 2300 block of Margaret Wallace Road in southeast Charlotte. The road is closed from St. Peters Lane to Whitfield Drive.

The tree has knocked down a power line and traffic lights are out on Highway 74 from Krefeld Drive to Harris Boulevard, and on Margaret Wallace Road from Independence Boulevard to Idlewild Road.

Crews said it will be at least 7 a.m. before everything is fixed.

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