Residents displaced after flooding in east Charlotte

Residents displaced after flooding in east Charlotte

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by DIANA RUGG / NBC Charlotte Staff

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Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:22 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 22 at 6:55 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The American Red Cross is standing by to help nine families whose apartments flooded when a fast-rising creek overflowed its banks in east Charlotte Sunday night.

The apartments on Cedars East Court, off Idlewild Road near Independence Boulevard, are home to 17 adults and 13 children, said a statement from the Red Cross.

“In one or two apartments, it was almost knee deep,” said Damian Keenan, the maintenance supervisor.  “It receded quickly.”

Within a couple of hours, a large puddle in the parking lot and a few soggy carpets were the only evidence of a flood.  Vacuum trucks sucked water from the apartments’ floors and workers cleaned the carpets.

“The flood damage wasn't extensive enough to vacate,” said Keenan, “so once we get cleaned up and straightened out, they can return.”

Keenan said power had to be cut off to three of the buildings, but he expected it to be restored so residents could return to their homes late Sunday night.

The apartments are just one area that flooded as rain moved through an already soggy city that has seen much more than the normal amount of rain this summer.

Parts of east Charlotte received 2.3 inches of rain Sunday night, flooding Independence Blvd. and stranding some drivers.

Residents of Sherwood Forest neighborhood off N. Sharon Amity also had to find other ways home as a creek overflowed and flooded Addison Drive and Lincrest Place.

Police barricaded both streets so drivers wouldn’t stall in the road.

“It is very flooded, and has been before,” said visitor Tammy Austin, who had to park and walk to pick up her daughter at a friend’s house. “This has happened before.”

“It's, like, really out of the way and you get to the ropes here and you have to turn around, and it's hard,” said her daughter’s friend Ryan Lingenfelter.  “And it takes like 10 minutes to get around, it doesn't look like it, but it's a big inconvenience.”

No injuries were reported.

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