Carrboro, Chapel Hill residents pick through flood damage - WNCT

Stunned Carrboro, Chapel Hill residents pick through flood damage

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CARRBORO, N.C. -

A flash flood Sunday washed across parts of Orange County, destroying more than half a mobile home park in Carrboro and damaging an apartment complex in Chapel Hill.

Stunned residents combed through the damage Monday to see what they could salvage from the muddy mess left behind.

In Carrboro, Caitlyn Wood felt helpless Sunday as flood waters rose up in the Rocky Brook mobile home park.

"I wanted save somebody, but I can't swim," she said. "I was just praying everyone got out safely which everyone did."

Wood is trying to makes things as homey as possible for her 2-year-old son, Jayden, in the Red Cross shelter after evacuating from the flooded trailer park.

More than half the residences in the mobile home park were condemned as water rose as high as 4 feet in some areas.

"I'm scared to know what I'm getting myself into when I go home," Wood said.

 The flood waters here ripped propane tanks from their connections, ruined electric wiring and left raw sewage in its wake, leading officials to condemn 20 homes of the 31 homes in Rocky Brook.

Jose Lemus, whose home was condemned, said, "In our mobile home the water reached the level of 2-3 feet so everything below three feet is gone, like washers, driers and refrigerator."

Lemus said some of the neighbors were rescued by police because they were trapped inside. He said the water was chest high, which made it impossible to open doors. Lemus said he is staying with relatives as he figures out what to do next.

Also feeling the brunt of the storm was Camelot Village apartments on Estes Drive in Chapel Hill. Water rose as much as three feet and flooded apartments, leaving carpets a gushy, muddy mess.

"Everything is ruined _ my clothes, everything," said William Monroy. "I don't have anything to save."

 

Steve Sbraccia

Steve is an award-winning reporter for WNCN and former assistant professor. A seasoned professional, Steve is proud to call the Triangle home since 2005 after over two decades in Boston, Mass.  More>>

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