About 1,200 EnergyUnited customers in Cornelius and Davidson were without power for about an hour and a half Monday afternoon after a switch failed because of water. Meanwhile, the heavy rains flooded roads throughout the region, closing roads in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Catawba counties.
EnergyUnited reported about 1,200 members without power in Cornelius and Davidson from just after noon until about 1:30 p.m. The problem was due to a flooded switch gear. Most of the customers were in Cornelius, with about 100 members on the eastern side of Davidson, including the River Run and McConnell neighborhoods.
For most of the morning and into the afternoon, parts of the region were under a flood warning. As of 7am, some places in the Charlotte area got nearly 3 inches of rain in 24 hours. In the lake Norman area, rainfall totaled about 2.1 inches in 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service.
The rain should be ending by Monday night, but cold is on the way. Tuesday, Christmas Eve, will be sunny and windy, with a high around 47. A north-northwest wind will average 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph, the weather service said. Christmas eve will be clear, and much colder – with a low around 22. Expect sunshine on Christmas Day, with a high near 43. See the full forecast on Weather.gov.
In Concord Monday afternoon, Concord Parks & Recreation closed James L. Dorton Park on Poplar Tent Road because of flooding. The park will be closed until the water recedes and city crews can repair the damage, the city said.
The steady rains over the past 24 hours slowed holiday travel in and around Charlotte. The NC DOT said it was working to clear affected roads. At midday Monday, they included:
MECKLENBURG COUNTY: Standing water was reported on Steele Creek Road (N.C. 160) north of Hamilton Road.
CABARRUS COUNTY: In Cabarrus County, some roads were closed due to flooding:
- Stallings Road between Middleton Circle and Quail Hollow Drive;
- Pharr Mill Road between Rocky River Road and Sequoia Hill Road;
- Bowman Barrier Road between Long Run Farm and Mount Pleasant city limits;
- Barrier Road at Irish Potato Road; and
- Lambert Road at Hahn Scott Road.
CATAWBA COUNTY: The Rocky Ford Road bridge over the South Fork of the Catawba River was closed because of flooding. The bridge design allows water to flow across the structure without damaging it, but the flooding makes the bridge unsafe for motorists. DOT crews also reported closures at Balfour Road and Hoopers Lane in Henderson County. Typically, it takes about 24 hours for the water to recede on those low-lying roads. In addition, crews are monitoring water levels along Butler Bridge Road at Jeffress Road in Henderson County, but the road remains open at this time.