Heavy rain brings woes to urban areas

Heavy rain brings woes to urban areas

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 3 at 8:36 PM

CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. -- Heavy rains prompted flood advisories and warnings Monday in Cabarrus County.

The southern part of the county is the area of concern, officials said. The National Weather Service initially issued an urban flood advisory which was set to expire Monday at noon. That changed to a flood warning set to expire at 6:30.

Neighbors in some spots saw up to five inches of rain overnight.
 
The concern is more rain in the forecast could cause more flooding, especially since the ground is so saturated.

Water rushed down Little Buffalo Creek off Highway 200 like it was a large, debris-filled whirlpool Monday afternoon.

Flood waters were much slower in Jerry Meade's yard off Stough Road.

"Usually only a couple feet of water in there and now it's up 8 or 9 feet," he said.

Mead found out the hard way that packing the riverbank with compost to fight erosion doesn't work.

"Just to direct the water away from the banks, but it's going to be a long process," said Meade.  "I had a little barrier there, it's all gone."

There's a bright side to Meade's water woes. He makes his living taking care of yards and knows what's coming next.

"It makes the grass grow faster so there is more work."

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