Flash Flood Watch

Less than one year ago, heavy rains flooded Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Are we in for another round this week?

National Weather Service senior forecaster Scott Sharp says the possibility for flooding is certainly out there.

“The showers and storms today will just prime the pump for additional showers and thunderstorm activity we’re expecting later (Tuesday) and more so during the day on Wednesday and Wednesday night,” Sharp says. “We’re looking at rainfall totals during the course of the day today and early this evening probably anywhere from a quarter to maybe a half an inch across the Triangle. The highest potential for heavy rainfall will be late (Tuesday) through Wednesday into Wednesday evening as we pick up an additional inch to maybe two inches of rainfall during that time period.”

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More than seven inches of rain fell on Chapel Hill-Carrboro on and around June 30. Bolin Creek overflowed flooding East Gate shopping center, Camelot Village apartments, Chapel Hill Town Hall, Granville Towers and many other places.

A flash flood watch is in effect from Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. until Thursday at 6:00 a.m.

“We are expecting the weather conditions to start to improve by Thursday–maybe after lunchtime or so,” Sharp says. “It looks like right now Friday into Saturday it looks like we should see much better, more tranquil weather conditions during that time.”

Remember: a watch means flooding is possible; a warning means flooding is happening or imminent.


Camelot Village Clean-Up Continues

CHAPEL HILL – After severe flooding in early July, Camelot Village faced serious water damage, destroying many residents’ belongings and homes.

Clean-up has been a lengthy process. Camelot Village manager, Joel Duvall, says the three restoration companies hired have had to do a large amount of work.

“The three restoration companies are making good progress in drying out the units,” says Duvall. “They had to actually cut out the sheet rock, remove all the carpeting and lower cabinets. They are checking the electrical they’ve got underwater, so that’s a lot of work.”

Duvall says the Town of Chapel Hill lent support to the clean-up effort.

“The Town, as of last Tuesday or Wednesday, is providing some extra dumpsters for us to fill with personal property that the residents left behind,” says Duvall. “I am anticipating all that trash will be cleaned up in the next few days.”

Duvall says the insurance company has not yet approved all of the construction, so estimates on cost for clean-up are not determined.

He predicts that the floods did not impact the tax value of Camelot Village, but says he is unsure if the price at which these condos sell for will change.

“What they sell for, we’ll see,” says Duvall. “We’ve had another bad flood in the year 2000 and the values did not change much.”

Some residents with little water damage have already moved back into their homes. Duvall says about fifty residents who live in homes with a lower elevation may face months away from their homes before they can return.

“Some of them only had wet carpet in their living rooms and they never had to leave,” said Duvall. “Some of them will be probably two or three months out.”

For more information on Camelot Village, click here.


141 Residents From Three Complexes Affected By Flooding

CHAPEL HILL – Nearly 150 residences in three apartment and condominium complexes were damaged or destroyed by Sunday and Monday’s flood waters, according to the Town of Chapel Hill.

Sixty-eight of the 106 units at Camelot Village, 22 of the 124 units at Booker Creek, and 51 units at Brookwood Condominiums sustained water damage.

Chapel Hill transit sent a bus to Camelot Village to assist with transportation to the temporary emergency shelter set up at Smith Middle School. However, only one person used that service.

Cleanup continues Tuesday with more heavy rainfall expected before Wednesday evening. Damage assessment teams are visiting the Village Green Condos, University Mall, and Hillsborough Street on Tuesday.

Orange County Animal Services is also trying to reunite displaced pets with their owners. Photos and updates on the missing animals can be seen on the Animal Services website, but right now Orange County officials have found three chickens, two cats  and two dogs with unknown owners.

For pictures from the storm, click here.

For pictures from the aftermath and clean up efforts, click here.

For information on how to avoid injury and disease after the storm, click here.


Record Rainfall Removes Residents

CHAPEL HILL – Camelot Village Condominium residents are facing severe water damage to their homes after more than seven inches of rain between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

The Red Cross set up a shelter at Smith Middle School Sunday night for evacuated residents.

Monday morning, a Camelot Village resident of 14 years says he returned to his home from Smith Middle School with only a few saved belongings in hand.

“I’m in the back, G, we never get flooded, but it was so bad,” he says. “The water was up to the door. But they were telling everyone to get out and go. I went to the shelter. I just got back now to see if I could change. I was trying to save whatever I could save. I was throwing clothes on top of my bed. Everything was floating around. I’ve been in these apartments a long time and I’ve never seen it like this.”

Another CamelotVillage resident, Arnel Flowers says he tried to notify the people around him as the flood was rushing into his apartment.

“Early in the morning, about 4:30, I got up and knocked on peoples’ doors,” Flowers says I got as many people up as I could before the water rose too high.”

Now, Flowers says his next steps are saving his home.

“And now we’re back and I don’t know what’s going to happen, but we need to get this place secured enough so it’s livable again.”

Construction crews are helping repair the damaged homes. Joel Duvall, property manager for CamelotVillage recounts the flooding.

“On Sunday morning at about five’ o’clock, there was a flood that got into three buildings,” Duvall says. “Two restoration companies came down Sunday to start work on those three buildings. Sunday afternoon, the major flood hit and we have probably 76 units that have water in them.”

Duvall says he’s unsure when the homes will be habitable again.

“It may be as much as 60 days; we’re not sure.”

Marshall Wade, CamelotVillage resident had no damage to his home, but says his neighbors encountered water three to four feet deep.

“Most of those down there got water three and four feet deep,” Wade says. “In those apartments, they’ll not only have to pull the carpets out, but they will have to rip the sheetrock off the walls, replace a lot of the electrical outlets. Things like that.”

Wade says he worries if residents of CamelotVillage can survive another storm like Sunday’s.

“This place may not survive this one. This may be the end of CamelotVillage.”

CamelotVillage residents continue to restore their homes after the water damage.

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