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Heavy rains, floods flushing out more snakes

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Heavy rains that hit the Charlotte-area on Thursday caused some localized flooding in areas, forcing some street closures, flooded cars and homes and possibly more snakes.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility worker was injured on Thursday after they were bitten by a snake while out on a call.  

CMUD officials say the employee is expected to be okay.

According to the United States Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, snakes often become displaced after a storm or flooding event.  

"As a result, many of these animals are seeking shelter and food in areas close to people," officials posted online. "These areas, out of the way of high water, include the inside of homes, storage sheds, barns and other buildings."

Officials say damaged structures have a higher probability of attracting snakes because of the many accessible entrances.  

Displaced snakes may also be found under debris scattered by the flood or in debris piles created during the cleanup effort.

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