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Cabarrus County Still Feeling Florence's Impact

Sep 20, 2018 10:24AM ● By Melanie Heisinger

"As of 0700 this morning, only Old Airport Road between Union Street, South and Crestmont Drive remains closed due to flooding." From the City of Concord, September 17, 2018.

And just like that, hurricane Florence is gone.

Though the devastation wasn't as severe as predicted, thousands have lost their homes. Flooding is also expected to continue on despite the dissipation of the hurricane. 

The North Carolina Department of Transportation released a travel advisory statewide to avoid flooding on September 17th:
 
“Due to flooding in southern and eastern NC and potential landslides in the west, NCDOT advises that motorists not travel through NC. Several sections of I-95 and I-40 are flooded.

Travel should be completely avoided in areas south of US 64 and east of I-73/I-74. As the situation is rapidly changing NCDOT is doing our best to report these closures but recognizes that we are not yet aware of all closures, therefore we advise not to travel in these areas.” 

Cabarrus County is still continuing to deal with flooding, but was luckily "faced minimal impacts from Tropical Depression Florence," according to the City of Concord press release

Courtesy of the City of Concord.
Because the devastation spreads mostly across other parts of North Carolina, eight Concord firefighters are part of a local group that's been deployed by the State of North Carolina to assist fire departments in the Wilmington area. 

North Carolina as a whole has had some records broken when it comes to tropical cyclone rainfall record with Florence. Swansboro, North Carolina, reported a storm total of 33.90 inches of rain on the CoCoRaHS network. This record was previously broken in 1999 during Hurricane Floyd where 24.06 inches rainfall fell on Southport, NC. 

On September 20th, Concord Mills announced that "they will serve as a drop-off location for the Operation North State in an effort to give back to the community and surrounding areas to assist those affected by Hurricane Florence" in a press release. The center will accept donations from Monday, September 17 through Monday, September 24.

“Our thoughts are with all those who have suffered due to Hurricane Florence and its lingering effects,” said Sarah Berthold, Director of Marketing for Concord Mills, in the release. “We’ve received many requests from the community about how they can help Hurricane Florence victims, and we’re glad to offer a way for our customers to assist people in need.”

New items being accepted for donation include: water, can goods, pet foods, blankets, clothing, diapers, towels, cleaning supplies, paper products and toiletries.

All goods accepted will be distributed to the eastern counties to those most in need.

If you have a large delivery or will be providing a company check please reach out to Terry Snyder at 336-406-3459 or Snydert33@gmail.com. Monetary donations can also be made at www.operationnorthstate.com

There is still a long way to go when it comes to recovery. The City of Concord also warns of those looking to take advantage of Florence and those looking to help as an opportunity for personal gain.

Visit us-cert.gov to learn how to avoid potential scams. If you are wanting to help those affected, please visit rebuild.nc.gov to learn how to donate to the NC Disaster Relief Fund or visit redcross.org to learn about making a financial or blood donation to the American Red Cross.

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