06/09/13 880 W, 2 I - + 1 - 3 Friday's Water Rescues in Raleigh

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Tropical Storm Andrea dumped over five inches of water in the Capital City on Friday, June 6. The 5.14 inches of rain broke a daily rainfall record of 1.24 inches set in 1930, as well as more rain in a single day than the average amount for the entire month. The city was soaked with two waves of heavy rain, in the morning and in the afternoon. The second period of rain brought flooding to creekside and low-lying areas. Other roads began flooding as storm drains were overwhelmed by the volume of water. (Areas throughout the Raleigh-Durham metropolitan area also experienced flooding.)

Roads in northwest Raleigh were reported flooded around 3:15 p.m. Up to four inches of water was reported on Glenwood Avenue, between Millbrook Road and Hilburn Drive. The Raleigh Fire Department was dispatched to rescue or remove occupants at a number of northwest locations, including Fast Park Drive, Leesville and Millbrook roads, Ray Road at Wheatstone Lane, Glenwood Avenue just east of Alexander Drive, and Lumley Road and Brier Creek Parkway. 

Response times to these events were impacted by the flooded roads. Alternate routes were required, and many units were diverted as rescues were completed, severity of calls were changed, and other calls were received. See more photos by Mike Legeros.  

Incident Summaries

Here are short summaries of those incidents, which were dispatched either as a stranded motorist (single engine) or inland water rescue (full water rescue assignment):

See photos by Mike Legeros.

Rescue Equipment

The Raleigh Fire Department’s water rescue assets include:

Other Flooding

Flooding in Raleigh also resulted in the closing of Crabtree Valley Mall about 5:00 p.m. as a precaution after the front parking area began flooding. The mall sounded their “flood alarm” which alerted the entire mall of the potential for flooding.

Several cars were stuck in the lower-level of the parking deck as Crabtree Creek overflowed its banks. The level of the creek, which runs behind the mall, was reported above the 18-foot flood stage.

Other Calls

The Raleigh Fire Department, along with neighboring fire departments, also responded to other storm-related calls such as trees down and power lines down. Working on getting some stats for these.

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