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Heavy rain causes flooding, washes out roads in northeastern Wake County

Heavy rain washes out roads in northeastern Wake County

A portion of Highway 96 in Zebulon is washed out after heavy rains caused flooding in northern Wake County on Saturday afternoon.
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A portion of Highway 96 in Zebulon is washed out after heavy rains caused flooding in northern Wake County on Saturday afternoon.

Heavy rainfall across the Triangle area Saturday caused flooding and washed out at least two roads in northeastern Wake County.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said a section of N.C. 96 had collapsed, according to a report by ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner.

The Rolesville Fire Department posted a photo on its Facebook page of a washed-out section of Mitchell Mill road.

In Durham, video from ABC11 showed the intersection of 9th and Green streets underwater.

Rogers Road at Hobblebush Way was closed by the Wake Forest Police Department, ABC11 reported.

Law enforcement officials advised motorists to avoid the areas and choose alternate routes.

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Ryan Brown, 43, crosses a submerged portion of Highway 96 in Zebulon Saturday afternoon after heavy rains caused flooding in northern Wake County. Bryan Cereijo bcereijo@newsobserver.com

Most of the area was under a National Weather Service flood advisory that included Wake, Durham, Wayne, Franklin and Granville counties. More rain is expected, with much as 2 to 4 additional inches falling over the next five days, according to ABC11 weather forecasts.

The National Weather Service reported that more than seven inches of rain fell in four hours near Rolesville.

Gov. Roy Cooper reminded people across the state about the threat of flooding.

“Though the rain may have slowed, the threat is not over,” Cooper said in a news release. “I urge everyone to make safety their first priority, particularly in areas where constant rain has fallen the last couple of days.”

Heavy rain also is expected to fall in the mountains, the release said.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the Hopkins Fire Department responded to a report of people trapped in a trailer on Zebulon Road, according to a Raleigh Wake Scanner tweet. They were rescued unharmed, ABC11 reported.

A woman was rescued by fire crews from a vehicle became submerged on Ligon Mill Road near Greenville Loop Road, according to a Wale Forest Fire Department Facebook post.

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Wake Forest Fire Department

Dajah Gladden told ABC11 she was driving on Ligon Mill Road when she encountered a stopped car and was unable to stop. She said the rushing water pulled her car into a ditch that was already flooded. She said a passerby pulled her from the nearly-submerged car, the report said.

Joe Johnson is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer. He most recently covered towns in western Wake County and Chatham County. Before that, he covered high school sports for The Herald-Sun.
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