CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The residents of Charlotte's Smallwood neighborhood were slowly beginning to try to get back into their homes Friday night after a storm dumped six inches of rain in the Charlotte area this afternoon. Many of them had to leave their homes as Stewart Creek overflowed its banks.
"Very scared and ready to get out," is how resident Wandis Watson described what she was feeling as the rains came down. "We looked out the windows one minute and it was low and then looked again in about 20 minutes it was starting to come up very high."
Charlotte firefighters brought in a boat and were able to help at least a dozen people out of their homes. They strapped on life-jackets and were led out by the firefighters.
After more than three hours, the water did start to go down and backyards were visible once again, but some things were not as they were before the rains came.
Larry Harris walked through his yard and found his above-ground pool had been picked up and carried halfway across an open field next door. His storage shed had also been toppled and the contents soaked by the muddy water.
He also pointed out a pickup truck sitting in the yard. "The water covered my truck from the wheel wells to the cab," said Harris.
But Harris and other residents of Roslyn Avenue knew they were fortunate and Harris said he hoped everyone learned a lesson about the power of water. "If it can move items like that, just think about it. We are nothing to the water," he said.