When a storm dumps as much rain as Hurricane Florence is expected to, flooding can extend well beyond designated floodplains.
“We anticipate fairly widespread flooding to magnitudes we have not seen before,” Wayne Miles, Raleigh’s stormwater program manager, said Tuesday. “So we are looking at our floodplain maps and anticipating that the most serious flooding impacts that could be predicted by those maps could occur.”
Through our CuriousNC project, several News & Observer readers have asked us if their particular home is in a flood prone area as well as which roads in the Triangle typically flood. CuriousNC is a joint project of The N&O, the Herald-Sun and the Charlotte Observer, and this week we’re focused on answering Hurricane Florence questions.
To know what to expect, it’s helpful to get familiar with the areas have been especially flood-prone in the past.
In Raleigh, many of those areas are at road crossings. The city has put together a list of 21 spots that have repeatedly flooded.
“If you’re in a floodplain or a flood-prone area, a low-lying area,” Miles said, “prepare evacuation plans and be ready to get out before the storm hits, because once the water starts rising, it could be too late to get out safely.”
Emergency managers caution people against driving through water. In addition to the risk of a vehicle stalling, there may be a sinkhole or an open manhole beneath the water.
Here’s a rundown of trouble spots gathered from around the Triangle.
Information about the city’s repeat flood locations comes from the fire and police departments, said Kristin Freeman, a spokeswoman for the city.
“They use this information to monitor flood-prone areas and determine road closures,” she said.
People can type an address into Raleigh’s interactive map to check whether they live or work near any of those frequently flooding areas, as well as whether an address is within the floodplain.
Here are some places that have flooded repeatedly.
Anderson Drive at Oxford Road
Atlantic Avenue at Hodges Street
Bailey Drive, 500 block
Calumet Drive, 3200 block
Claremont Road, 2900 block
Garner Road, 1800 block
Glenwood Avenue at Creedmoor Road
Gorman Street at Avent Ferry Road
Hawes Court, 700 block
Lake Wheeler Road at Interstate I-40
Lake Woodard Drive at Timberlake Drive
Lumley Road at Brier Creek
Rose Lane at Maplewood Lane
S. Saunders Street, 2300 block
Southgate Drive at Proctor St.
Sunnybrook Road at Middle Branch Road
Wade Avenue at I-440
Wake Forest Road at Hodges Street
Wake Forest Road at McNeil
Wake Town Drive, 1000 block
Wilmington Street at City Farm Road
Durham City-County Emergency Management Director Jim Groves said areas in the city that are prone to flooding are at Pilot and Fayetteville streets, off Morning Glory Avenue and parts of South Alston Avenue and Drew Street.
In the county, Glenn School Road near Club Boulevard could flood, Groves said. Other areas of potential flooding include Hope Valley Road at Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.
On Thursday, officials said they had reached out to people in the following areas to make sure they knew about past flooding.
Eagle Point Apartments on Pilot Street
Sheridan Drive near Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Drew Street near the railroad tracks
You can find out more about Durham floodplains here.
Chapel Hill identified eight locations that flood during periods of extended rain or extensive heavy rain.
South Estes Drive near Willow Drive
Camelot Village Apartments off of South Estes Drive
Brookwood Condominiums off of South Estes Drive
South Estes public housing neighborhood on Estes Drive Extension near University Place
Umstead Drive between Umstead Park and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Cleland Road between Kendall Drive and Hayes Road
West Franklin Street at Mallette Street
East Franklin Street at Park Place
You can see Chapel Hill floodplain maps here.
Durham Road/NC 98, Richland Creek
East Juniper Avenue near North Allen Road
East Juniper Avenue near North White Street
Forestville Road, Toms Creek
Forestville Road, Sanford Creek
Harris Road, Richland Creek
Heritage Heights Lane, 1300 Block
Jenkins Road, Horse Creek
Ligon Mill Road, Smith Creek
Ligon Mill Road, Toms Creek
North Main Street, Walnut Avenue to Cedar Avenue
North White Street, Juniper Street to Flaherty Avenue
Oak Grove Church Road, Dunn Creek
Purnell Road at Jackson Road, Horse Creek
Purnell Road, Mud Branch
Rogers Road, Sanford Creek
Rogers Road, Smith Creek
West Oak Avenue, Richland Creek
Wait Avenue, Dunn Creek
Wall Road, Wallridge Drive to Harris Road
Watkins Farm Road at Young Street
Holly Springs Road at Sunset Fairways Drive
Piney Grove Wilbon Road at Bayham Drive
Sunset Lake Road at Firefly Road
Bass Lake Road at Salem Ridge Road
Bass Lake Road at Old Mills Bluff Drive
New Hill Road at White Oak Creek Bridge
Optimist Farm Road at Thorndale Drive
Old Holly Springs Apex Road at Little Branch Creek
BridgeNorth Main Street at Ting Park
Avent Ferry Road at the Mills at Avent Ferry Subdivision Entrance
NC 55 at the railroad overpass
Morrisville Parkway near Preston Country Club
Lake Crabree Park
You can view Wake County floodplain boundaries using this interactive map.
Gavin Off at the Charlotte Observer contributed to this report.