Flood alerts, June 3

June 3, 2013 — (2:18 p.m.) The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for southern Cabarrus County until 6:30 p.m. Some locations that will experience flooding include Concord, Harrisburg and Midland. Flooding is imminent or already occurring along Little Buffalo Creek off Hwy 200 and on Rocky River along Phar Mill, Stallings and Stough roads in the Harrisburg area. Residents in the affected area may receive phone call alerts from the Cabarrus County 911 center advising them of the potential flooding conditions.
A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. If you are in the warning area move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property. Do not attempt to cross swiftly flowing waters or waters of unknown depth by food or by automobile.
Report high water, flooding, landslides or other severe weather to the National Weather Service by calling 1-800-267-8101, post to their Facebook page or Tweet using #NWSGSP.
Follow updates from the Cabarrus County Twitter page or follow #CabCoAlert. You can also follow the County's Facebook page.
Cabarrus County Emergency Management office encourages residents to use caution around flooded areas and follow these important safety tips from FEMA. 
  • Review your escape and evacuation plans.
  • Pay close attention to emergency alerts.
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings.
  • If you must prepare to evacuate, secure your home and move essential items to an upper floor. 
  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • If you have to leave your home, do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive through flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.

For more information on flood safety, please review the following posts:
Message from Cabarrus County Emergency Management Director Bobby Smith
Focus on Floods
National Flood Safety Week tips and information