Tropical Storm Elsa’s rains bring down trees, flood roads in Wake County

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Tropical Storm Elsa dumped as much as 3 inches of rain in parts of the Triangle as it moved through North Carolina on Thursday.

As of 7 p.m., there were 384 Duke Energy customers in Wake County without power. Another 138 in Durham County also lost service.

One of the larger outages in Raleigh was around West Hargett and South Harrington streets where 205 customers had lost power.

In Apex, Holly Springs New Hill Road was blocked near Cateswood Court because the bridge over White Oak Creek flooded over, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies later said people were moving the barricades and urged drivers not to try to navigate floodwaters.

The road reopened around 9 p.m.

In Wake Forest, a CBS 17 crew reported a downed tree on power lines on New Light Road just north of the Durham Highway.

A pedestrian bridge off of Rose Lane in Raleigh near Walnut Creek also flooded over. Neighbors watched Walnut Creek, which caused that flooding closely. Rose Lane is their only way in and out of that neighborhood.

“When it’s flooded like this sometimes it’s three days and we cannot go out. And if they went to work, they can’t go back home,” Pierre Ozana, a neighbor said.

He said the city needs to do something to address the problem.

“Forty-something houses over there, and all of them they pay taxes, they pay taxes, and they work,” Ozana said.

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