Emergency crews responded to several water-related calls Wednesday, including construction workers who had to be rescued by boat, after strong rains caused flooding in Statesville.
Flash flooding began being reported around 4:10 p.m. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), as much as 7 inches of rain had fallen between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Fourth Creek was "out of its banks in some places," the NWS reported, and was flooding into nearby yards and structures. On Free Nancy Drive, which runs over Fourth Creek near Sullivan Road, several construction workers had to be rescued by Mooresville Fire boats, according to firefighters.
Although the rain was tapering off by 4:30 p.m., officials said it may take hours for flooded areas to drain.
“This was a very unusual event for us here in the city of Statesville-something we don’t expect, something that was very fast,” explained Statesville Fire Department Interim Chief Gary Styer