By DAVID BORAKS
Public works crews and utility workers across the region are still cleaning up after Friday night’s big storm, which brought high winds and some of the heaviest rain in recent memory. Up to seven inches of rain fell in a couple of hours, flooding streams and even washing out roads. Trees also toppled onto yards and streets and, in one case, on a house on East Rocky River Road in Davidson. And storm damage forced River Run Country Club shut down golfing for the weekend.
Meanwhile, there’s more rain ahead in the forecast, straight through to Independence Day.
Gilead Road, which runs east-west through Huntersville, remains closed near Ervin Cook Road after one lane over a small stream sunk two to three feet water came up alongside the road. The broken pavement is east of Bud Henderson Road.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has blocked the road and posted a detour, via McCoy and Hambright roads. NC DOT officials are still assessing the damage and don’t have any estimate yet of when the road might reopen.
In Cornelius, Meridian Street was closed overnight Friday and Saturday morning after a big old tree fell across the road, near downtown.
At the height of the storm Friday many roads were blocked by trees or flooding that stranded cars. One temporary lake formed at the entrance to Birkdale Village, forcing the closure of Sam Furr Road for several hours. On Saturday, the receding waters left debris on the roadside and mud stained lanes.
And as we reported Friday night, the Lake Norman YMCA parking lot became park of Lake Cornelius for a time as the deluge quickly sent the lake over its banks.
Friday night’s storm also toppled an old oak onto a house at East Rocky River and Ralph Knox Roads. Nobody was hurt. Homeowner James Wyatt told DavidsonNews.net nobody was hurt. He said the tree was to be removed Monday.
“The trunk was rotted inside,” he said. “This is the first damage in over 15 years. The tree was probably 100 plus years old. We will be checking the other trees for stability by taking trunk cores.”
NO GOLFING AT RIVER RUN
Meanwhile, River Run Country Club found itself with a variety of new water hazards that weren’t exactly part of the design, and golfing was halted for the weekend. Club officials said six inches of rain fell there, washing out parts of the course leaving debris strewn on fairways. In a note to members, the club asked for volunteers to help with the cleanup and said:
This unprecedented act of nature caused severe flooding and washouts scattered across the entire golf course. Several areas of cart paths are currently impassable, rendering cleanup and repairs to be a slow process. As of this point, the golf course will be closed for the remainder of the weekend.
The golf course is criss-crossed by streams, which overflowed and washed out sand traps, and sent tree limbs and other debris onto the fairways. On Saturday afternoon, large puddles remained on parts of the course.
NEW DELAY FOR ANTIQUITY STREET REPAIRS
Meanwhile, the task of repairing a sinkhole on Old Canal Street just got tougher. Workers have removed many truckloads of dirt from the section of the road as they investigated the problem, which began after April rains.
The street rebuilding project was delayed in part while developer Venture Properties awaited permits from Mecklenburg County. In early June, with permits now in hand, developer Cam Finley said he expected it would take less than a month to rebuild a retaining wall and replace the street.
But rain has hindered the work and Friday night’s storm further eroded the site, sending runoff into a nearby stream.
Flooding and fallen trees were problems across the region. The massive amount of rain in such a short time sent waterways over low-lying roads.
In Lincoln County, the main road into an Iron Station neighborhood washed away, stranding about 30 families, WCNC-TV reported.
Readers sent photos of damage in their yards and neighborhoods. See below.
June 28, 2013, “Storm brings heavy rainfall, flooding, power outages.”
Correction: The photo caption on the picture of the tree down on the greenway has been updated to correct the last name of Jessi Figard.