Flash flooding damages, closes roadways

Tree across Meridian Street in Cornelius Saturday morning


by WCNC.com Staff


Posted on June 29, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 3:30 PM

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – People across the Charlotte area were faced with flash flooding, power outages and property damage after Friday night’s storm.

A lot of people in one part of Cornelius are now forced to clean up after a storm brought down a massive tree across Meridian Street between Carter Circle Drive and Willow Street.

"I saw it leaning a few hours before it went down," said Kenn Williams, who has lived on Meridian Street for 43 years. "I use to play up there."

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The tree that used to sit in front of his neighbor’s house just up the street is now a memory. It toppled down in the storm, crashing onto a power line across the street and sending the neighborhood into darkness for hours.

"We saw it crash and lots of sparks," said Williams. "Then darkness."

Another neighbor on Meridian said a few cars almost ran into the tree shortly after it fell because all the power was out.

"Yeah, a couple of cars just missed running into it," the witness told NBC Charlotte.

Power was restored by 3:30 a.m. Saturday, said some of the residents who stood outside and watched as crews from a tree removal company arrived.

The storm caused headaches for residents and drivers in other areas, as well.

Flash flooding shut down Sam Furr Road just off Interstate 77 in Huntersville late Friday night.

Strong storms dumped a large amount of rainfall on Huntersville in a short period of time, and at least two cars were stuck in the rising waters. The drivers were not injured.

The Huntersville Fire Department tweeted early Saturday, “Busy since 7 p.m. Station 2 is just now laying down for some sleep. Good night!”
The rain compromised some local roads. Crews will work to prepare Gilead Road near Ervin Cook Road in Huntersville after they say a 10- to 15-foot strip sunk at least 2 feet. A detour has been established from Gilead Road to McCoy Road to to Hambright Road to Beatties Ford Road to Bud Henderson Road.

In Denver, first responders had to help several people stuck in the flood waters in the Food Lion parking lot on Highway 16.  No injuries were reported there either.