Thursday, June 12, 2014
Flooding widespread in county
By SUE WATSON
There has been lots of flooding after an onslaught of thunderstorms through the area, according to county administrator Larry Hall.
He said the worst flooding was all north of Highway 78 and in the North Red Banks Road and Victoria Road area between Highway 78 and Highway 302. Several pipes got stopped up and could not handle the volume of water, he said.
That created a problem on Whippoorwill Road where a five-foot pipe washed out, he said. Road department workers began to replace the pipe Friday night and finished up Saturday morning. The road was closed during the repair, Hall said.
There was no tree damage Friday night, but scattered trees down Saturday and Sunday nights. Trees were down on Highway 4 West near the county line and at Graves Road, and on Old Oxford Road Saturday night. Sunday night, trees were down on Sandidge Road. Firemen helped remove a tree down Friday night on Valentine Road, Hall said. Other trees fell Thursday afternoon on Waterford Bethlehem Road due to straight-line winds. And one was downed Wednesday night of last week at Mt. Pleasant.
“Overall, it’s been a pretty eventful last few days,” Hall said. “It’s been building up at 2, 3, and 4 o’clock in the afternoons and coming in at night with straight-line winds and lots of rain.”
Hall said three and a half to four inches fell in the Holly Springs area Sunday night.
“We had up to four inches of rain north of Highway 78 and at Highway 302 Friday afternoon,” he said.
Wind damage was more prominent in the north half of the county, he said.
“We really got lucky, overall,” said Hall. “We are getting critical in areas with the tributaries and dams full. Flooding is more likely than in the beginning.”
Residents on Highway 310 reported power outages from Saturday night around 9 until Sunday at 6:30 a.m.
County emergency management director Hugh Hollowell said he has heard no reports of damage to personal property as a result of the storms.
“We are fortunate,” he said. “The soggy ground will make it more likely that trees will be down if we get more wind. No news is good news.”
Tracy Jeffries with the Holly Springs Fire Department said there were no weather-related accidents of note during the weekend.
“It has been pretty quiet this weekend with just a couple of medical calls,” he said.
Michael Bellipanni, director of marketing and business development with Northcentral EPA, reported outages.
“We experienced outages affecting as many as 300 customers in each of the last four days,” he said Monday. “Most of these were in the northern parts of our service area. We had crews working overnight through the weekend, and most outages were restored fairly quickly when the weather allowed us to work safely.”
Don Hollingsworth, general manager of Holly Springs Utility Department, said scattered outages were experienced in the north end of the county near Mt. Pleasant Sunday night at about 11.
“We got it back on pretty quickly,” he said.
A washout of two three-feet culverts in a creek at 850 Rising Star Road was discovered Monday. HSUD and city street workers closed the road late Monday afternoon and began examining the extent of the damage. Gas and water service lines were located. The gravel roadbed under the asphalt gave way and washed into the creek.
Public works director Clay Moore said it appeared the bottom had rusted out of one of the pipes in about the middle of the road and washed out the gravel from beside and under the pipe. Saturated dirt and gravel in the road then began to slough off from under the asphalt. Only the asphalt was what was holding the road up, he said.
The rainwater drains in the city seemed to be running off well, Moore said, due to the proactive clearing of drains done by the street department and building and grounds workers a few months ago.
Heavy rainfall also fell Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
Flashfloods and from two to four inches of rain were forecasted in the area for Tuesday, lasting until 7 p.m. and more rain was forecasted for Wednesday.
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