Cabarrus officials declare state of emergency

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wednesday afternoon, Cabarrus County officials declared a “state of emergency” because widespread flooding from recent rainfall.
In a press release, Jay White, chairman of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners, said the state of emergency paves the way for property owners to receive federal funding for flood damage.
Approximately 60 structures were damaged by the storm.
Cabarrus County will perform damage assessments on residences and commercial structures Thursday.
Gov. Mike Easley will arrive at 3 p.m. Thursday for a news conference with municipal and county officials at Concord Regional Airport.
State Emergency Management will perform a preliminary damage assessment for the same structures on Friday to determine eligibility for Individual Assistance for privately owned structure damage. Privately owned structure damages must be uninsured or under insured to be considered for eligibility.
Shelters remain open at the Cannon Memorial YMCA in Kannapolis and Harrisburg United Methodist Church in Harrisburg on U.S. 49.
The following roads remained impassable Wednesday evening:
– N.C. 73 at Dutch Road.
– Red Bird Circle off Old Airport Road.
– Barrier Road at Cindy Lane.
– Morehead Road from U.S. 29 to U.S. 49.
– Miami Church Road and Cold Springs Road.
– Stough Road near Marlboro Drive.
– Bowman Barrier Road at bridge.
– Zion Church Road at Flowes Store Road.
– Pharr Mill Road and Sequoia Hills Drive.
– Highway 200 at PRDC Facility.
– Poplar Tent Road Between at Cox Mill Bridge.
In Concord, officials encouraged motorists to use extreme caution on all roadways due to rising water.
Roads are closed in the following areas:
Poplar Tent at Harris and Derita Road.
Cox Mill Road.
Roberta Road at Stough.
Brown at Cabarrus.
Honeycutt Circle.
Old Airport Road.
Sidewalk on Cabarrus.
* Georgia Avenue S.W. at Cozart Avenue S.W. and Caldwell Park.
Barnhardt Ave between U.S. 29 and Cliftwood.
Evacuation points are Fire Stations 3, 7, and 8 for safe havens