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Heavy rain leads to street flooding in Salisbury; more rain expected

SALISBURY — More rain is expected over the next couple of days, causing concern about more flash flooding, a National Weather Service meteorologist said Wednesday.

Street and urban flooding was reported in the Salisbury area Wednesday, said meteorologist Jeffrey Taylor.

He said the Greenville, South Carolina, area had reports of cars being stranded after drivers tried to travel through floodwaters.

“More thunderstorms in the Charlotte area may impact Rowan in the next hour,” Taylor said Wednesday evening.

Taylor said estimates show that the Salisbury area received 2 to 2.5 inches of rain Wednesday.

Local residents reported flooding Wednesday evening near Sam’s Car Wash on West Innes Street, as well as East Innes Street near Interstate 85. A woman had to be rescued from a stranded car on Military Avenue, and a rescue was made on Water Street, according to reports.
Parts of West Horah Street were under water, and a downed tree was reported on Brenner Avenue. Salisbury Fire Department officials said it made a couple of rescues, but no injuries were reported.
Fire officials also reported high water at Confederate Avenue and Clubhouse Drive as well as rising water at Park Road, off Mahaley Avenue near Knox Middle School.

Taylor said at least through today, there will be widespread showers over the area, and weather experts’ main concern is flooding and flash flooding.

According to the National Weather Service, a low-pressure system is stretching from the Midwest to the central coast of the Gulf of Mexico and will bring deep moisture across the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia through the week.

Several rounds of heavy rain showers and thunderstorms will result. As the ground becomes saturated and the stream levels rise, the threat of flash flooding will increase with heavy downpours.

More showers and thunderstorms are likely today with a possible thunderstorm after 2 p.m., forecasters said. Rainfall is estimated to be between a quarter and a half inch. Rain and thunderstorms are expected for much of the day Friday with a downpour forecast between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

 Officials warned motorists to be cautious and to not drive through floodwaters.
 Officials with the N.C. Highway Patrol said they had no reports of weather-related collisions.
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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