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Heavy rains trap dozens

Rain clouds parked over a section of northern Charlotte during rush hour Wednesday, overwhelming Little Sugar Creek, flooding streets and trapping dozens of people in cars and businesses.

No one was injured, but in some places, firefighters in rafts floated from door to door making rescues, said Fire Department Spokesman Capt. Rob Brisley. In one rescue, three people, including an infant, were pulled from a car on Cullman Avenue.

Charlotte's airport recorded 1.3 inches of rain, but some areas in northern Charlotte got as much as 4 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Firefighters got more than 22 flood-related emergency calls in three hours.

Today could bring more rain – there's a 50 percent chance in the region.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
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