Days Of Heavy Rainfall Cause For Flooding In Carolina Beach

Heavy rainfall over the past couple of weeks has caused flooding across New Hanover County. (Pictured above:) Thursday July 26th at the corner of Cape Fear Blvd and Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach.  The Town of Carolina Beach has  been responding to calls from residents about clogged storm drains, flooded streets and had to repair a pump station that was hit by lightning last week. Heavy rainfall over the past couple of weeks has caused flooding across New Hanover County. (Pictured above:) Thursday July 26th at the corner of Cape Fear Blvd and Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach. The Town of Carolina Beach has been responding to calls from residents about clogged storm drains, flooded streets and had to repair a pump station that was hit by lightning last week.

Days Of Heavy Rainfall Cause For Flooding In Carolina Beach Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 01 August 2018 15:09

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach reports they had documented  more than 17 inches of rainfall on July 30th since the 16th of July.

On Monday July 30th, Assistant Town Manager Ed Parvin explained, "Ground saturation is at 100 percent over most of the island at this time. We are forecasted to get rain every day for the next eight days. This has generated several abnormal conditions and situations. The river is high from upstream rain and flooding. When the tide is high on top of the river water levels it greatly impacts the multiple discharge locations into the Myrtle Grove Sound where a lot of our storm water goes."

Parvin explained, "Our stormwater pump stations are running at full capacity to move the water into the designated storm water ponds. The lake is still a concern, however the pumps at the lake are doing well, and we are pumping at full capacity to keep it down. If necessary we will pump to the ocean to ensure the lake does not overflow."

He explained, "This morning we had flooding at a lot of places where flooding normally never occurs. All roads are currently open, however, we had closed road ways to prevent accidents and lessen the impacts on the residents, business owners and visitors.  Today Lake Park had about 12 to 18 inches of water in the road at certain places. It was like this for about 35 minutes as rainfall volumes hit the surface that are beyond our storm water system’s control."

He explained, "Our council, staff, customer service and others are getting so many phone calls pertaining to flooding. We had staff working 24 hours a day since last Thursday and we will continue to have staff working around the clock ensuring our storm water system stays operational.  We ask the public to please avoid blocking storm drains with any materials."

Gil DuBois - Director of Operations - explained Monday, " Our Greenville and Texas Avenue stormwater pump stations are running a full capacity that is moving the water into the designated storm water ponds. The pumps at the lake are doing well and the lake is still a concern, but we are pumping hard to keep it down. Today Lake Park had about 12 to 18 inches of water in the road at certain places. It was like this for about 35 minutes.  Rainfall volumes hit the surface that are beyond my control. Ground saturation is at 100 percent over most of the island at this time. There is no place for the rainfall to go. We are forecasted to get rain every day for the next eight days. Our sanitary sewer pump stations are pumping as fast as possible."

He explained, "We are getting some storm water into the system through old failed [sewer] pipes in some areas that are scheduled for replacement soon. We are also getting some storm water through the manhole lids air vent openings. As of today at 1300 hours (1:00 Pm) we have received 2.94 inches of rainfall at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. We regret the flooding issues that are occurring across the island. However, this is not a normal condition here on CB pertaining to rainfall volume or duration of wetness. We have documented  more than 17 inches of rainfall here at Carolina Beach since the 16th of July."

On Thursday July 26th, heavy rainfall flooded area streets and many properties. Lake Park Blvd was flooded in many areas as well as a portion of Cape Fear Blvd, Canal Drive and the public parking lots on Canal Drive. Other residential streets were also flooded.

Many residents called Town Hall to complain about flooding in yards and water entering their homes.

The Carolina Beach Lake has not flooded over its banks, but the Town continues to pump water out to a ditch that leads to the Cape Fear River. Additional pumps are on stand-by in case the need arises to pump flood waters from the Lake out to the ocean.

The Council recently voted to complete a project to dredge the Carolina Beach Lake. That project was terminated earlier this year after the U.S. Army told the Town in August of 2017 to stop hauling dredge material to land the Town leases from the Army off Dow Road for a Waste Water Treatment Plant. The Town placed the material in an unapproved location on the property. Before the project was suspended, the goal was to remove 83,000 cubic yards of material adding 16,000,000 gallons of water storage. When the project was halted, 32,720 cubic yards of material had been removed adding 6,608,623 million gallons of water storage which increased the holding capacity of the lake by 40%.

The Town is currently working to resume that project later this year. The remaining material will be taken to Town owned property north of Snow's Cut Bridge off River Road.


Pictured Above: A man carrying a child on his shoulders Thursday July 26th, in front of a home in the 100 block of Cape Fear Blvd on the west side of Lake Park Blvd. Nearby a sewer manhole cover on the opposite side of the street was bubbling water.

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