Charlotte Flood Threatens Homes, Communities

CHARLOTTE, NC — The Red Cross Disaster Team had to help Charlotte families flooded out of their homes Wednesday.

In the Mountain Island Lake neighborhoods of northwest Charlotte, homeowners walked flooded roads to survey the damage.

“It’s terrible,” said Nathan Tomlison. “You got these houses, they can’t travel. It comes over these bridges.”

Tomlison’s farm off Gum Branch Road was under water Wednesday. One neighbor had to get help from the Red Cross when water from the nearby creek flooded her apartment.

Less than a mile away, water threatened community buildings and closed roads.

Cara Dowling had to walk to her home near the Catawba River in northwest Charlotte where nearly three inches of rain fell in 24 hours. Neighbors helped clear valuables as water rose.

“That’s why I walked up the road, just to see if I could help move things from basements a little higher,” said Dowling. “We moved out boats so it would take the weight off our dock.”

In south Charlotte, the soaked ground couldn’t handle more rain. Little Sugar Creek rose so high, the city closed Freedom Park.

Duke Energy reported more than 1,000 people without power in the Charlotte Metro area Wednesday.

The city is monitoring rainfall in the Mountain Island Lake area. It will send flood alerts to residents.

If you see debris blocking a creek or drain, call 311.