Progress slow in tornado cleanup

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 19, 2011

SALISBURY — Newport Drive residents continue to clean up debris left by the storm that hit Rowan County on Saturday evening.
Leonard Lowman has been working for days to help his sister, Nadine Potts, and her husband, David, remove the five trees that fell on their home at 180 Newport Drive.
“I’m trying to get their lives back to normal as quick as possible,” he said.
Lowman said when he arrived at their home Sunday to lend a hand he was shocked at what he saw.
“You couldn’t tell a house was here,” he said. “The trees were in here so tight you couldn’t even see it.”
The N.C. Division of Highways began working to clear the debris from the roadway Saturday after the storm passed.
“We opened the road up Saturday and got it to where traffic could get through,” John Thomason, road maintenence supervisor for the Rowan County Department of Transportation branch, said. “It was impassable until we got here.”
Thomason said his crew will continue clearing the road Wednesday.
The road will remain closed until all debris is removed.
Read the complete story in Wednesday’s Post.