Heavy rain closes roads, prompts school delays in Durham, Person counties
Downed trees, weather-related crashes and impassable roads were reported Tuesday following steady, heavy overnight rain.
Although the rain diminished for the morning commute, road obstructions and closures could affect drivers until at least 11 a.m., according to officials.
Although Wake saw dangerous flooding, Durham, Orange and Person county roads were most affected. As a result, schools in Durham and Person counties made the decision to operate on a two-hour delay Tuesday.
According to some parents who live on Durham’s Dearborn Drive, on top of the delay, the school bus was more than an hour late.
“The kids are so ready to go and we don’t have water standing up like they say,” said Kathy Hunter-Self. “It’s not fair ro us to stand out here this long.”
WRAL reached out to officials with Durham Public Schools to ask about the bus delay, but we have not heard back.
Road closures and crashes
One of the areas most impacted by flooding is S. Estes Drive in Chapel Hill, where overflow from Bolin Creek turned the road into what looked like a river. At 9 a.m., much of the water had receded, but road closures remained.
In Hillsborough, the Riverwalk greenway and Gold Park were closed until further notice due to flooding from the Eno River. A tree was down on Clayton Road in Chapel Hill, causing an isolated power outage.
According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, Creedmoor Road at Mattlyn Court was impassable Tuesday morning due to a tree in the road. According to Duke Energy, as many as 200 customers in the area were without power, which should be restored by 11 a.m.
Mangum Dairy Road near Wake Forest was also impassable in both directions between Kimi Rd and Brayer Path Road.
On both directions on I-40 in Durham, standing water prohibited travel in the left lanes near Exit 274 for NC-751. Also in Durham, N. Mineral Springs Road was closed between Butler Road and Valleydale Road.
On Ten Ten Road in Apex near Cary, a work truck ran off the road into mud. A tow truck arrived at the scene to remove the truck.
Flash flood warnings were issued for Chatham, Lee and Wake counties until 5:30 a.m. A flood warning is issued for Durham County until 10:45 a.m.
According to Gardner, the rain is going to stick around for several days, and cold temperatures will bring a chill to the Triangle.
The rain lightened for Tuesday morning’s commute before a second band moves in during the afternoon. Rain on Tuesday will be more spotty than it was Monday, but it is still a good idea to have an umbrella on hand.
A cold front that follows will bring dry skies for Wednesday, but the rain is expected to return again Thursday. Four inches of rain had already been reported at RDU at 5 a.m. Tuesday.
High pressure will bring brighter and drier skies for the weekend, which will be sunny and brisk for the Raleigh Christmas Parade on Saturday.