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Heavy rain will continue to redevelop across the greater Charlotte area this evening as it wraps back into the region from the southeast around an upper-level low sliding across South Carolina. 

While most areas have already seen 3” – 5” of rain, it has helped that this rain was distributed over the past one to two days giving the area lakes and streams a chance to discharge the water.

That is not to say there aren’t problems. Going through the overnight hours, another one to two inches of rain is likely in our Piedmont counties along and east of I-77. The only Flood Warning in effect west of I-77 right now is the South Fork Catawba at Lowell and will remain until Tuesday evening. It is expected to crest Monday night, and fall below flood stage Tuesday morning. 

Areas around Riverside Park and Goat Island Park are vulnerable to flooding. Riverside Drive near 5th and 6th Streets as well as Lakeview Drive next to Pharr Yarns in McAdenville should be closely monitored.  

A Flood Warning remains in effect for the Rocky River at Norwood until Tuesday night as it is expected to crest Tuesday afternoon above flood stage. The usual low-lying and flood prone areas should be alert for flooding.

A Flood Warning remains in effect for the extreme southern end of Mecklenburg County and most of Union County until 11:45 p.m. Monday. Folks living near creeks and streams should monitor this situation closely. Specific creeks that may be vulnerable to flooding are Stewarts, Richardson, Salem, Beaverdam, Buffalo, Lanes, West Fork, Twelvemile, Flat Branch and Sixmile Creeks.  

A Flood Watch remains in effect west of Highway 321 until 8 p.m. Monday evening. A Flood Watch remains in effect for all areas east of Highway 321 until 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Never try to cross a flooded road. More people are killed in this manner than any other way with flooding. It only takes two feet of water to float a car, which can quickly carry your vehicle over the bridge and drop it upside down into the swollen creek leading to drowning and death. Turn Around Don’t Drown.

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