Cars ruined as heavy rains flood auto repair shop in Matthews

AFTERMATH: Flooding in Matthews leaves residents to cleanup

MATTHEWS, NC (WBTV) - In a matter of minutes, Neal Axley's business was underwater. Nearly ten vehicles were destroyed Tuesday evening as flooding ripped through Matthews.

"It happened so fast. It's definitely an act of God, I've never seen anything like it," Axley said.

Axley told WBTV there was nothing he could do as he watched the water rip through the lot of Axley's Collision Center, flooding his customer's vehicles.

"I feel so bad for the customers.  I don't think anyone could have seen it coming, especially not as fast," Axley said.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey rain gauge more than 4.6 inches of rain fell in Matthews on Tuesday night.

Almost as quickly as it came, the water disappeared, leaving homeowners like Marleen Henry to clean up.

"You don't understand what water damage can do or even the flow. The power of the water," Henry said.

Henry lives next to a runoff creek, but Tuesday evening, the waters rose and ripped through her entire house.

"You don't know what to think, you're just in survival mode," Henry said.

Henry says they don't have flood insurance because this doesn't happen in this neighborhood. The water reached the mailboxes in some areas of Winter Wood Drive.

"We've put a call into Allstate, saying we want you here tomorrow morning," Henry said.

Luckily, no one in the neighborhood was injured, but a few cars had to be towed off the road.

Wednesday, Axley plans to begin the daunting task of calling his customers to tell them about the damage.

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