Common flooding areas in Raleigh, NC

Areas + roads to avoid during heavy rainfall.

A map of the City of Raleigh's frequent flooding areas.

Areas prone to flooding along Crabtree Creek.

Map via City of Raleigh

Tropical storm Ian is approaching NC, potentially bringing strong winds with gusts up to 50 mph. Coastal areas of our state will see the strongest impacts of the storm on Friday, and there is a 100% chance of rain in Raleigh — with four to six inches of rain predicted in the Triangle, the City of Oaks is also at risk of significant flash flooding.

Areas situated along Crabtree Creek — which flows through central Wake County, including William B. Umstead State Park and North Raleigh — have a history of flooding. Be aware of the following spots that could be affected this weekend:

  • Areas near Crabtree Valley Mall, including Creedmoor Road, Crabtree Valley Avenue, and Glenwood Avenue
  • Intersections along Hodges Street, including Capital Boulevard, Atlantic Avenue, and Wake Forest Road
  • East Six Forks Road, near Costco
  • 2300 block of Crabtree Boulevard

Downtown Raleigh could flood, too. Water is known to quickly rise on roads around City Market, including areas near South Blount + South Person streets.

This list is not comprehensive. Check out the following resources for more flooding information:

Did you know that Raleigh also has flood monitoring cameras? There are currently 10 active cameras located near streams and flood-prone areas throughout the city, used to assess traffic and flooding when it rains (and update the handy maps linked above).

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