However, a preliminary check shows no reports of building interiors flooding. And there were no rescues of people from flooded vehicles or homes.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services reports that rainfall totals vary widely throughout Mecklenburg County. Northeast Charlotte generally received the most rain and southwest Charlotte generally received the least.
Rainfall from 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 to 9 a.m. Friday, June 7:
2.68 inches at Derita Elementary (Sugar Creek Road near I-85)
2.54 inches near CMC University Hospital (North Tryon and Harris Blvd.)
2.40 inches at Hidden Valley (Sugar Creek Road near I-85)
0.52 inches at McAlpine Wastewater Treatment Plant (near Carolina Place Mall)
0.53 inches at Elon Park (Highway 521 near Ardrey Kell)
Creeks that rose above flood stage:
Mallard Creek near North Tryon and I-485 – one foot over flood stage at 7 p.m. Thursday
Briar Creek at Shamrock Drive – at flood stage at 5 p.m. Thursday
Little Sugar Creek was several feet above the greenway near Kings Drive, but was not at flood stage. The reason Little Sugar Creek was so high was the large amount of rain in Hidden Valley, which is where Little Sugar Creek begins. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation closed parts of Freedom Park to protect public safety. Localized flooding also affected parts of some other public parks and soccer fields around Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
The Charlotte Fire Department responded to three flood-related notifications sent automatically by rain and stream gauges (Shamrock Drive, East 38th Street and Addison Drive) but did not have to make any evacuations or rescues.
Flooding is a natural occurrence during heavy rain. For that reason, Storm Water officials say the creek flooding and some road flooding seen Thursday were typical for that type of intense rain event.
Flooding is Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s most common natural disaster and claims more lives locally than tornadoes and lightning combined. Because it’s flood season, local officials urge residents to “Build an A.R.K.” That stands for flood Awareness, Responsibility and Knowledge. More at http://stormwater.charmeck.org.