Heavy rains cause flooding in parts of Durham

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 09:07 PM

Heavy rains moved through Durham on Monday, dumping between 2 and 2.5 inches of rain in southwestern parts of the city and leading to flash flood warnings on Monday.
Scattered storms are expected throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service.
Mondays flooding followed last week’s rains that covered parts of Forest Hills Park with nearly two feet of water.
Kammie Michael, of the Durham Police Department, said in an email that a transformer blew in the area of South Alston Avenue and Nixon Street, which knocked out traffic lights, in addition to officers dealing with some flooded streets.
Michael said flooding was reported in the areas of University Drive and Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard (near Nana’s restaurant); the 3600 block of Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard (in front of the ABC store); the 100 block of Archdale Drive; Roxboro Street, Morehead Avenue, and Mangum Street; the 4000 block of Dover Road; Garrett Road and Trotter Ridge Road; Liberty Street at Eastway; Bexley Avenue; Alston Avenue and Lawson Street.
Tad Clark, who works at the Midas at 3606 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., said flooding affected business, as customers couldn’t get to the store for about four hours.  The road was closed Monday afternoon because of high water. A car in the ABC parking lot was stranded by the flooding, he said.
Chris Iannuzzi, deputy chief of the Durham Fire Department, said lightning started a fire at 6005 Coronado Lane around 12:30 p.m. Monday.
There were no injuries and there was only minor damage to the residence. The fire, which started in the attic, was extinguished quickly, Iannuzzi said.
According to the weather service, Tuesday’s forecast includes a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m., with new rainfall amounts of less than a 10th of an inch expected, but higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms. The chance of precipitation is 40 percent.