Hurricane Michael could mean flooding in the Triangle. Here are some trouble spots.

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Hurricane Michael is expected to reach the Carolinas as early as Wednesday evening or Thursday morning and is expected to dump heavy rain across the area. That means flooding could be possible.

Through our CuriousNC project, several News & Observer readers asked us during Hurricane Florence if their particular home is in a flood-prone area as well as which roads in the Triangle typically flood. That information also shows what areas could flood if Hurricane Michael brings heavy rain to the area as expected. CuriousNC is a joint project of The N&O, the Herald-Sun and the Charlotte Observer.

To know what to expect, it’s helpful to get familiar with the areas have been especially flood-prone in the past.

In Raleigh, many of those areas are at road crossings. The city has put together a list of 21 spots that have repeatedly flooded.

“If you’re in a floodplain or a flood-prone area, a low-lying area, prepare evacuation plans and be ready to get out before the storm hits, because once the water starts rising, it could be too late to get out safely,” said Wayne Miles, Raleigh’s stormwater program manager.

Emergency managers caution people against driving through water. In addition to the risk of a vehicle stalling, there may be a sinkhole or an open manhole beneath the water.

Here’s a rundown of trouble spots gathered from around the Triangle.


Information about the city’s repeat flood locations comes from the fire and police departments, said Kristin Freeman, a spokeswoman for the city.

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“They use this information to monitor flood-prone areas and determine road closures,” she said.

People can type an address into Raleigh’s interactive map to check whether they live or work near any of those frequently flooding areas, as well as whether an address is within the floodplain.

Here are some places that have flooded repeatedly.

Anderson Drive at Oxford Road

Atlantic Avenue at Hodges Street

Bailey Drive, 500 block

Calumet Drive, 3200 block

Claremont Road, 2900 block

Garner Road, 1800 block

Glenwood Avenue at Creedmoor Road

Gorman Street at Avent Ferry Road

Hawes Court, 700 block

Lake Wheeler Road at Interstate I-40

Lake Woodard Drive at Timberlake Drive

Lumley Road at Brier Creek

Rose Lane at Maplewood Lane

S. Saunders Street, 2300 block

Southgate Drive at Proctor St.

Sunnybrook Road at Middle Branch Road

Wade Avenue at I-440

Wake Forest Road at Hodges Street

Wake Forest Road at McNeil

Wake Town Drive, 1000 block

Wilmington Street at City Farm Road


Durham City-County Emergency Management Director Jim Groves said areas in the city that are prone to flooding are at Pilot and Fayetteville streets, off Morning Glory Avenue and parts of South Alston Avenue and Drew Street.

In the county, Glenn School Road near Club Boulevard could flood, Groves said. Other areas of potential flooding include Hope Valley Road at Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

On Thursday, officials said they had reached out to people in the following areas to make sure they knew about past flooding.

Eagle Point Apartments on Pilot Street

Sheridan Drive near Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Drew Street near the railroad tracks

You can find out more about Durham floodplains here.

Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill identified eight locations that flood during periods of extended rain or extensive heavy rain.

South Estes Drive near Willow Drive

Camelot Village Apartments off of South Estes Drive

Brookwood Condominiums off of South Estes Drive

South Estes public housing neighborhood on Estes Drive Extension near University Place

Umstead Drive between Umstead Park and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Cleland Road between Kendall Drive and Hayes Road

West Franklin Street at Mallette Street

East Franklin Street at Park Place

You can see Chapel Hill floodplain maps here.

Wake Forest

Durham Road/NC 98, Richland Creek

East Juniper Avenue near North Allen Road

East Juniper Avenue near North White Street

Forestville Road, Toms Creek

Forestville Road, Sanford Creek

Harris Road, Richland Creek

Heritage Heights Lane, 1300 Block

Jenkins Road, Horse Creek

Ligon Mill Road, Smith Creek

Ligon Mill Road, Toms Creek

North Main Street, Walnut Avenue to Cedar Avenue

North White Street, Juniper Street to Flaherty Avenue

Oak Grove Church Road, Dunn Creek

Purnell Road at Jackson Road, Horse Creek

Purnell Road, Mud Branch

Rogers Road, Sanford Creek

Rogers Road, Smith Creek

West Oak Avenue, Richland Creek

Wait Avenue, Dunn Creek

Wall Road, Wallridge Drive to Harris Road

Watkins Farm Road at Young Street

Holly Springs

Holly Springs Road at Sunset Fairways Drive

Piney Grove Wilbon Road at Bayham Drive

Sunset Lake Road at Firefly Road

Bass Lake Road at Salem Ridge Road

Bass Lake Road at Old Mills Bluff Drive

New Hill Road at White Oak Creek Bridge

Optimist Farm Road at Thorndale Drive

Old Holly Springs Apex Road at Little Branch Creek

BridgeNorth Main Street at Ting Park

Avent Ferry Road at the Mills at Avent Ferry Subdivision Entrance


Swift Creek upstream of Holly Springs Road

Swift Creek at Kildaire Farm Road

Brittany Place and Versailles Drive

Jodhpur Drive in Parkway Homeowners Neighborhood

Swift Creek tributary near Lake Pine Drive

Walnut Creek near southeast Maynard Road

Swift Creek tributary near South Dixon Avenue

Pamlico Drive and Dorset Drive

Urban Drive and Webster Street


NC 55 at the railroad overpass

Evans Road

Richardson Road


Morrisville Parkway near Preston Country Club

Lake Crabtree Park

You can view Wake County floodplain boundaries using this interactive map.

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, Mark Schultz, Joe Johnson and Gavin Off contributed to this report.