Most homeowners had insurance for damage

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 19, 2011

By Shelley Smith
Rowan County Emergency Management Division Coordinator Frank Thomason said he does not expect the state’s disaster assessment team to visit Rowan County this week, as the majority of properties damaged were insured.
Only one home was uninsured, the home of Leonard Smith on Beck Road.
“We don’t know right now if the governor’s declaration is going to cover anything,” Thomason said. “We probably won’t know that for a while.”
Power was restored to nearly every home in Farrington Meadows subdivision off of Old Mocksville Road Sunday night, and Thomason said residents continue to clean up their neighborhood, sawing and removing trees from their roads, yards and homes. Structural damage is to blame for the few homes that remain without power.
Thomason gave a storm damage report to the Rowan County Board of Commissioners Monday evening, with the following statistics on Saturday’s storm:
• 28 affected structures in both U.S. 601 and Old Mocksville Road locations.
• 21 structures suffered minor damages — less than 10 percent damaged; 5 suffered major damage — 10 percent to 50 percent damaged; and two were destroyed — more than 50 percent damaged.
• Dollar loss to damaged structures is in excess of $200,000.
• Value of some structures is a little over $2.6 million.
Thomason is asking people to stay away from the Farrington Meadows subdivision and along U.S. 601, reporting traffic congestion from “onlookers,” he said.
Thomason praised the county’s public safety personnel and allied agencies that responded after the storm hit Saturday.
“The fire departments, rescue squad, law enforcement and everybody else, worked extremely well together, and you should be proud of that response,” he said.
Karissa Minn contributed to this story.