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Sinkhole closes Huntersville road; 14 shut in region

State transportation officials say it could be months before all of the roads damaged by weekend flooding in the Charlotte region are repaired.

Heavy rain of 5 inches or more hammered northern Mecklenburg, Lincoln and Cabarrus counties Friday night, and a similar incident was reported Sunday evening in Stanly and Anson counties.

The region remains under a flash flood watch through Wednesday evening, with meteorologists expecting more torrential downpours.

Problems continued developing Tuesday. A sinkhole, measuring about 4 feet across, appeared on Bud Henderson Road in Huntersville, just a short distance west of where another hole developed early Saturday morning on Gilead Road. Both roads are now closed.

A pothole also appeared on South Church Street in Charlotte’s uptown area. City crews arrived to make repairs, which shut two of three lanes of traffic around 11 a.m.

The N.C. Department of Transportation says at least a dozen roads in the area are closed because of flood damage.

“Each situation is unique,” said Jen Thompson, a DOT spokeswoman. “Each requires a different type of repair.”

Huntersville fire officials said Tuesday that officials told them it will be at least 45 days before Bud Henderson Road is reopened.

Thompson said state officials are in the process of assessing each washout and trying to determine how long it will take to complete repairs. In the meantime, she urged motorists to heed the road closures.

“We really want people to pay attention to those barricades,” she said. “Don’t try to move them or drive around them. That can be extremely dangerous.”

She said some of the closures are in rural areas with poor visibility at night.

Here is a latest list of flood-caused road closures, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation:

MECKLENBURG COUNTY

• Gilead Road, closed at McCoy Road in Huntersville. A pipe failure caused the road to sag several feet.

• Bud Henderson Road, closed west of Gilead Road in Huntersville. A sinkhole formed possibly because of pipe failure.

• Autumncrest Road, closed in Huntersville because of a washout.

ANSON COUNTY

• George Wright Road, closed near Polkton due to road damage.

• Ingram Mountain Road, closed near Lilesville due to road damage.

CABARRUS COUNTY

• Bowman Barrier Road, reduced to one lane between Long Run Farm Road and Hahn Scott Road in Mount Pleasant. A possible pipe failure under the road has damaged the asphalt.

• Harris Road, closed between Poplar Tent Road and the Skybrook subdivision. A section of pipe was crushed, damaging the shoulder and travel lane.

• John White Road, closed between Cal Bost Road and Flowest Store Road East in Midland. A pipe failure washed out the shoulder and asphalt, exposing some utilities.

• Walker Road, closed between N.C. 49 and Mount Pleasant High School. A pipe failure exposed a tunnel under the road.

• Zion Church Road, closed at Flowes Store Road west of Mount Pleasant. An end section of pipe collapsed, causing pavement failure.

STANLY COUNTY

• Bridgeport Road, closed northeast of Oakboro. Floodwaters washed away the bridge railing.

• Fink Road, closed at Austin Road west of Albemarle. Road section failed.

• Nelson Mountain Road, closed near N.C. 73, west of Albemarle. Pipe collapsed.

• Pole Running Road, closed north of Locust because of debris under the bridge. Part of the travel lane and shoulder also were damaged.

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