Over five inches of rainfall fell on Friday, August 3, 2018 in the Town of Elon and parts of Burlington and Gibsonville. This rainfall event was particularly strong between 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and brought the area’s two-week total of rainfall to approximately nine inches. Later Friday night Elon police warned people about traveling due to floodwater covered streets. Surrounding parts of Burlington and Gibsonville also experienced flooding problems.
The rainfall led to widespread flooding in many low-lying areas in Elon along FEMA mapped and unmapped flood zones. All streams and drainage channels have floodplains, but FEMA only regulates larger streams. Elon town officials said they are committed to assisting its residents in times of need. Although many flooding issues were on private property, town staff is available to discuss these issues including identifying possible improvements that residents can make on their property to help reduce flooding impacts. Contact the Elon Public Works Department at 336.584.9600 for more information.
FEMA has additional information on flooding mitigation available at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/13261 and flood mapping and information about flood levels is available at https://fris.nc.gov/fris/?ST=NC.