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Heavy rain floods Union County roads and brings flood warnings to area

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Heavy rain Tuesday and Wednesday caused roads to flood in several parts of Union and Mecklenburg counties and brought flash flood warnings to both counties.

A Union County dispatcher said early Wednesday evening that reports had come in with water over roads in Stallings and Indian Trail in Union County, where nearly 10 inches of rain had fallen since Tuesday. The dispatcher said flooding was reported at Mill House Lane near Stallings, Oak Springs Road at Stephens Mill Road near Indian Trail and along N.C. 218.

The flooding was triggered by a series of strong thunderstorms that swept across the region starting mid-afternoon Wednesday and continuing into the night. The storms brought lightning and heavy rain, in some spots nearly 10 inches since Tuesday.

Water jumped creek banks, including Goose Creek in Union County where residents had never seen the level so high.

The storm also took down limbs and trees, causing spotty power outages. As of 9 p.m., Duke Energy reported more than 6,500 Mecklenburg County customers without power – 3,900 in Charlotte and 2,600 in Matthews. There were minor outages reported in the region, with about 60 Lincoln County customers and 20 Cabarrus County customers in the dark.

Lightning apparently started a house fire in the 6700 block of Southby Court in south Charlotte that destroyed the two-story dwelling. It took nearly 25 firefighters about 50 minutes to put out the fire.

The family was not home when the fire was started, authorities said. Lightning strikes reportedly damaged other structures in the region.

Eric Thomas, meteorologist at WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, tweeted that water rescues were underway along Red Lantern Road and Briarwood Court in Indian Trail in Union County.

Thomas reported that nearly 10 inches of rain had fallen in that area since Tuesday.

“Several water rescues underway in this area with numerous roads flooded,” Thomas tweeted. “Flood waters crossing the road or heavy ponding.”

Just before 6 p.m., the National Weather Service posted flash flood warnings for central Mecklenburg and Union counties until 9:45 p.m. as more rain headed into the area.

The weather service said areas that could experience flooding include: uptown Charlotte, Huntersville, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Hidden Valley, Freedom Park, northwest Charlotte, Paw Creek, east Charlotte and central Charlotte.

The warning said that the following streams could rise significantly: Irwin Creek, Upper Sugar and Little Sugar creeks, Briar, Paw and Stewart creeks. Sam Hardiman contributed to this story.

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