CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - 3 to 4 feet of water stopped people from entering Freedom Park on Sunday afternoon. Severe storms sat over Southeast Charlotte for more than an hour, causing flash flooding.
A good Samaritan was seen warning fellow drivers about the flooded entrance at Freedom Park. Torrential rains were too much for drainage systems to handle.
A FOX 46 Charlotte crew watched as car after car struggled to make it through the flooded road. The water at times was up to the door of some cars. Some drivers decided to stay in the park until the water receded, while others used a walking path as a makeshift road.
Flooding wasn't the only issue from the powerful storms. A tree on Green Rea Road in South Charlotte was seen laying up against power lines, knocking out power to area residents.
Sunday's storms all fueled by another day of extreme heat. FOX 46 Charlotte had people at Freedom Park measure the temperature of the pavement during the heat of the day. The temperatures on the surface were well over 100 degrees.
Medic tells FOX 46 Charlotte they responded to 2 heat related calls on Sunday.
The flooding at Freedom Park receded before dark.