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LIVE BLOG | Gov. Cooper announces state of emergency after deadly day of flash flooding

The Piedmont Triad was impacted by flooding from tropical rains.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Follow our live blog for the latest updates after the Piedmont Triad was hit by flooding from tropical rains. 

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020

12:00 p.m. -- Gov. Roy Cooper announced a state of emergency for North Carolina on Friday as the flooding threat from Eta continues. Three people were killed in floodwaters in Alexander County, and crews are still searching for a missing adult and baby. In Wake County, a child drowned in a flooded creek. 

RELATED: Gov. Cooper declares state of emergency as flooding threat continues

9 a.m. -- Tanglewood Festival of Lights was scheduled to open this evening but is now canceled because the drive-through holiday lights course is flooded. 

Credit: Tanglewood
Tanglewood was flooded after torrential rain on Thursday. The holiday lights tradition won't be able to open as anticipated for Friday.

RELATED: LIST: Schools delayed, closed, or switching to remote learning

11:00 p.m. - Major rivers in our area will continue to rise Friday before receding as all the water drains out from our deluge. 

10:45 p.m. - Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights will open as normal Friday, Nov. 13. 

However, due to flooding and heavy rain, several displays will not be operational. Tanglewood said if circumstances change, they will post on their social media and website.

Credit: Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights
Light displays flooded at Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights

10:00 p.m. - A golf course is underwater in Eden. You can see in the distance the water is almost over the pin on one of the greens. 

9:45 p.m. Greensboro had a discharge of 13,500 gallons of untreated wastewater from the sewer manhole located at 1402 Briarcliff Rd. 

According to the city, the discharge occurred for 3 hours Thursday due to high flow rates from heavy rainfall. 

The untreated wastewater entered North Buffalo, tributary of the Cape Fear River basin. According to the city, the area was cleaned.

9:15 p.m. - Firefighters rescue more than 100 as an elementary school flooded in Charlotte. 

9:00 p.m. - Private road washed out in Davidson County impacting neighbors. 

RELATED: Davidson County residents stranded after private road washes away

8:46 p.m. Rain, thunder, lightning, flash floods. Despite all the setbacks, Guilford County Schools welcomed back students pre-k through second grade full-time Thursday. 

RELATED: 'It's 2020! Would we expect anything else?' | GCS in-person learning kicks off with torrential rain

8:39 p.m.  The American Red Cross of the Greater Carolinas kicked into action Thursday to help those affected by flooding in North Carolina. 

According to the Red Cross, they supported three reception centers in Alexander, Mecklenburg, and Forsyth Counties with staffing and meals. 

Red Cross said all CDC protocols were followed and responders were equipped with appropriate PPE. Teams also worked in person or virtually with four Emergency Operation Centers, according to a release. 

Overnight and into Friday, the Red Cross will continue to work with Emergency Management partners to respond as the need arises.

The Red Cross urges the community to follow the following safety tips after a flood

-Let friends and family know you’re safe. Register yourself as safe on the Safe and Well website.

-If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.

-Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.

-Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.

6:00 p.m. Latest on the flooding in Forsyth County 

4:38 p.m. - Four die during flash flooding in Alexander County 

RELATED: 1 adult, 1-year-old child missing in Alexander County; 4 people found dead

4:15 p.m. - 11-year-old drowns from flooding in Rolesville, NC.

RELATED: North Carolina child dies amid flooding

3:30 p.m. - Road closures report. In the Triad area, there are a few road closures related to Thursday's storms so far, according to North Carolina's Traffic & Travel report. 

New to today's earlier update: Both directions of traffic have been blocked on SR-1700 in Davidson County due to high severity conditions. This closure is an additional road impacted by weather from today's earlier closures.

  • Flooding has closed US-70, Near Mt. Hope Church Road in Greensboro in both directions. 
  • High traffic is expected west of Walnut Cove in Stokes County due to a down power line in the street. 
  • In Surry County, NC-268 is flooded, stopping traffic in both directions near Friendship Church Road between Elkin Wildlife Road.

More updates can be found on the state's Traffic Incidents map.

2:00 p.m. -- Winston-Salem Fire Department performs another water rescue due to flooding. This time on Yadkinville and Reynolda. 

12:15 p.m. -- Buffalo Creek is overflowing at Revolution Mill in Greensboro. This is a very flood-prone area. 

12:05 p.m. -- Watch this SUV back up as soon as the driver realizes the flooding isn't safe to go through! This is in the Latham Park area of Greensboro. 

12:00 p.m. -- A water rescue is underway at an apartment building in Winston-Salem. Tenants are being carried to safety in a raft as floodwaters surround the building. 

RELATED: Water rescue underway at flooded Winston-Salem apartments

11:50 a.m. - Road closures report. In the Triad area, there are a few road closures related to Thursday's storms so far, according to North Carolina's Traffic & Travel report. 

  • Flooding has closed US-70, Near Mt. Hope Church Road in Greensboro in both directions. 
  • High traffic is expected west of Walnut Cove in Stokes County due to a down power line in the street. 
  • In Surry County, NC-268 is flooded, stopping traffic in both directions near Friendship Church Road between Elkin Wildlife Road.

More updates can be found on the state's Traffic Incidents map.

9:00 a.m. -- Crews are working to clean up dirt from a construction site which flooded Meadowlark Drive in Winston-Salem. Cleanup is expected to take hours and forced school leaders to switch students at Meadowlark Elementary school to remote learning only. 

8:30 a.m. -- WFMY News 2's Kandace Redd tweeted video of flooding in Latham Park in Greensboro. The National Weather Service in Raleigh says there’s a possibility of life-threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets, and underpasses. 

8:15 a.m. -- Duke Energy is reporting outages in the following counties: 

  • Forsyth: 1,200 (12 p.m. restoration time) 
  • Guilford: 2,700 (12:45 p.m. restoration time)

7:45 a.m. -- Yadkin County Schools is now switching to remote learning for Thursday. There will be no in-person instruction. 

7:15 a.m. -- Greensboro traffic alert: Police are getting reports of high water affecting driving conditions at West Market Street at Ashland Drive and also at West Wendover Avenue at Benjamin Parkway.

7:09 a.m. -- School alert: Brunson Elementary (WS/FCS) students and staff should NOT report to school today. Brunson will switch to remote learning ONLY.

7:00 a.m. -- Winston-Salem traffic alert: Meadowlark Drive is closed between Hundly Road and Beauchamp Road, and will likely be closed for several hours, according to police. Drivers should find another route. 

6:45 a.m. -- Meadowlark Elementary School in Winston-Salem will have a remote learning day on Thursday. There will be no in-person instruction, the school announced on its website. 

6:30 a.m. -- There's high water on Eastbound Bryan Boulevard between Westridge Road and Holden Road. Greensboro police say traffic is down to one lane. Drivers should find a different route. 

6:15 a.m. -- Elkin City Schools is on a two-hour delay for Thursday due to flooding in the area.