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Parts of Fayetteville underwater after Tuesday's torrential rain

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Flooding in Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville Flooding in Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Although the rain has moved out of Fayetteville for now, the result of Tuesday’s storm is still evident.

Torrential creek water has turned Festival Park into a lake; fire hydrants partly submerged, fences knocked over and covered in debris.

Leander McCray was riding the public transit bus during the storm.

"I know I seen four to five inches come down in 15 minutes," he said. “We were riding through it. I have to give kudos to Miss Pat ‘cause she drove that bus. She was not playing, but she got us safely where we needed to go."

Four roads in downtown Fayetteville flooded Tuesday night. As the waters recede, signs of the damage are revealed.

The Masonic Lodge parking lot was torn apart with pieces of it strewn about.

City workers are already arriving to assess the damage and taking out the motor that powers the fountain.

"Mother Nature is mad. That's a good way to put it," worker Lee Tremblay said.

Even a duck got caught in the current, furiously paddling to shore, until finally reaching dry ground.

The park underwater is something those in Fayetteville won't forget.”

“This right here was so unexpected. In 30 years in Fayetteville, North Carolina, this is the first time I've ever seen anything like this," McCray said.

For those displaced by the flooding, the Smith Recreation Center at 1520 Slater Ave. in Fayetteville opened last night and remains open today for residents on Washington Drive and Robeson Street, the areas hardest hit by flash floods Tuesday night.

Twenty-three residents stayed at the shelter overnight and 15 residents were still at the shelter as of Wednesday morning. The Red Cross and Cumberland County Emergency Management are working to coordinate other arrangements for residents, and the shelter will remain open until all of those displaced somewhere to go.

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