Heavy downpour causes flooding in Thomasville

Jul. 11, 2013 @ 06:26 PM

Heavy rains on Thursday left many Thomasville residents scrambling for cover, flooding yards and businesses and forcing numerous street closures.
The Chair City was bombarded with more than 2 inches of rain in a few hours, which caused already-swollen creeks and rivers to overflow. Thomasville police were busy most of the afternoon rerouting traffic and ensuring that residents stayed safe.
“Our typical low-lying areas started gathering water and rising pretty fast,” said Capt. Mark Kattner.
Officers closed down parts of Randolph Street, Carolina Avenue, Taylor Street, Unity Street, Turner Street, Tremont Street, Blair Street and Old Thomasville Road.
“We had to call the city’s street department to come out and help us block some of the roads. We had some inside officers working outside to help direct traffic,” Kattner said. “At the same time that we had all this going on, we had our normal calls for service and a few accidents.”
All of the city’s streets were back open by 2 p.m. Thursday.
City Manager Kelly Craver said there were no power outages and he was not aware of any severe property damage at the time, but said the storm was intense enough to send a man’s boat floating down Randolph Street.
“It was intense. It went from zero to 100 mph suddenly. I remember saying the bottom has literally fallen out, and it just wouldn’t stop. There may be some issues around the old Thomasville Furniture Industries Plant, but I am not sure if there is anything in the building or not,” Craver said.
Craver said the city plans to make sure that the city’s storm drains are clear this morning.
“There is no preventative medicine for 21 out 22 days of rain with a 3-inch rain event in two hours on top of it,” he said. “We always make sure that our culverts are clear. We have our crews going around to make sure that our storm drains are open and clear.”
Officials said the rain caused few problems in High Point and Archdale.
“In some areas we had a little water, but we did not have any flooding or stranded motorists,” said High Point Police Capt. Mike Kirk.
State Farm Insurance Agent Dan Loggins said homeowners insurance typically does not cover flooding.
“Flood insurance is a separate policy that is handled by the National Flood Insurance Program. It is a separate policy that can be bought if you own a home,” Loggins said. “Typically, if you own property in a flood plain, the mortgage companies will require you to get the insurance.”
According to the National Flood Insurance Program, floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States.
For more information on flood insurance and filing flood insurance, visit www.floodsmart.gov or call your insurance company or agent.
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