Flash Floods Sweep Charlotte Area, Prompt Swiftwater Rescues


by WCCB Charlotte

 CHARLOTTE, NC -- A mother and her young son were trapped inside their car by rising flood waters in uptown Charlotte Wednesday night.

"I thought that I was driving on the concrete until it actually hit the water, and I was trying to press the gas pedal and it wouldn't go," said Charlotte resident Sheena Raley.  "We called the fire truck, and the fire truck saved us," added her son, Aarion.

This was one of several swiftwater rescues as storms rolled across our area.

 "It's bad, I mean, my whole front end, almost my car, was swept away.  This is bad," said Anthony Epps.

Fast-rising water trapped Epps inside his car at Freedom Park Wednesday night.  All the water forced police to shut down the entrance to the park along East Boulevard.

Pouring rain also caused flash flooding in east Charlotte.  Our crews spotted water overflowing the banks at the Campbell Creek Greenway off Margaret Wallace Road.  We also spotted water pouring down a hill on Central Avenue.

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