Still in his pajamas, Ricky Holley siphoned water out of the basement into the backyard of his Zebulon home Friday morning.
Overnight flooding left him with little time to change.
“(It’s) the most standing water I’ve seen in a couple years,” he said.
Little did Holley know, the worst was yet to come.
The National Weather Service’s Raleigh forecast office on Monday confirmed eastern Wake County received about 5 inches of rain in the 48-hour period beginning 8 a.m. Thursday.
Over that time span, weather spotters reported 5.06 inches of rain just east of Zebulon and 4.85 inches in the area between Knightdale and Wendell.
“During those two days we got more (rain) than we typically get in a month,” said NWS meteorologist Jonathan Blaes.
Blaes said not all of that rain was a product of Andrea and said the tropical storm was not solely responsible for local flooding. A separate system showered the area Wednesday and into Thursday before Andrea arrived.
“The ground was already moist and fairly saturated,” Blaes. “When the heavy rain came off Friday, that’s what contributed to a bunch of the run off and flash flooding we had.”
Heavy rains throughout Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon left roads slick, rivers overflowing and pooling in low areas.
Shortly after returning home Friday afternoon, Jeannie Thomson’s gravel driveway was about 3 feet underwater.
“This is the first time it’s ever done this, and we’ve lived here 8 years,” she said Friday. “Our two neighbors have ponds, so I’m sure we now have fish in our front yard by now.”
Thomson, who lives off Rolesville Road near East Wake High School, said her family may have to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the gravel driveway if the flooding washes too much of it away.
“This might mean a truckload of gravel, and it’s not cheap,” she said.
Meanwhile, Knightdale officials reported a power outage in Barclay Downs subdivision, and portions of Little River Park in Zebulon became a temporary pond.
As for Holley, his home was one of several in the Pineview Estates subdivision in Zebulon where standing water was visible from the street.
When he went outside during a break in the weather, he said he found tools floating on water in his basement. He also found other tools and a couple grills submerged in water in his back yard.