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Heavy rain expected again Saturday and Sunday

Low pressure off the S.C. coast will continue to bring heavy rain with possible flooding into the Charlotte region on Saturday and Sunday.

The first bout came Friday afternoon and evening, when the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for southern Mecklenburg County until 9:30 p.m., as 2 to 3 inches of rain fell across the region starting at 6:30 p.m.

Forecasters warned that creeks were rising rapidly, including McAlpine, Steele, Four Mile, Lower Sugar, Crooked and Goose creeks.

Police reported a swift-water rescue at East Independence Boulevard and North Sharon Amity Road at about 7 p.m.

At 7:15 p.m., an automated stream gauge on McMullen Creek at Lincrest Place was 7.16 feet and rising; flood stage is 7.5 feet. Flooding in low-lying areas near the creek is likely, especially along Addison Drive and Lincrest Place, the Weather Service warned.

Willhaven Drive, Randolph Road and Shasta Lane could also see flooding.

At 8:15 p.m., Little Sugar Creek at 36th street was 10.2 feet; flood stage is 11 feet, the Weather Service tweeted. Water was approaching businesses along Cullman Avenue.

Heavy rain west of Matthews was causing creeks there to rise rapidly as well, especially Four Mile Creek.

Flooding was reported in low-lying areas, especially along Iverleigh Trail, the National Weather Service said.

At 10 p.m., McMullen Creek at Lincrest Place was rising again, but was expected to remain below flood stage.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Stormwater Services said 83% of local floods are flash floods, the most dangerous kind of flood, and that most flood deaths happen in vehicles. So avoid driving into areas where water covers the road.

As measured by Mecklenburg County’s series of automated gauges, rainfall amounts Friday night included 3.01 inches in McAlpine Creek at Sardis Road; 2.36 inches at Winterfield Elementary School, off Central Avenue; 2.01 inches at Piney Grove Elementary School, off Idlewild Road; and 2.17 inches near Butler High School in Matthews.

The National Weather Service asks residents to alert the agency to high water, flooding and landslides by calling 1-800-267-8101, posting on its Facebook page or tweeting with the hashtag NWSGSP.

Staff Writer Steve Lyttle contributed.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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