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City helping residents recover

NEWTON, NC (July 29, 2013) - City of Newton employees on Saturday responded quickly to damage from flooding due to heavy rains. The City is continuing to help its residents recover from the flooding.

Public Works crews will be picking up storm debris from the curbside. City residents with storm waste and debris may leave those items on the curb for pick-up. City water customers are not under a boil-advisory, and City water is safe to drink. However, customers served by private water companies should contact their providers for the latest update. Any one using well water should contact Catawba County Environmental Health at 828-465-8268.

NC 10 at Long Drive is closed to traffic for an indefinite amount of time. N.C. Department of Transportation will be making repairs to the bridge above Clarks Creek.

Two downed electric circuits were back in service by Saturday afternoon after an electric delivery service station flooded, interrupted City utilities services. Similarly, an influent pump at the Wastewater Treatment Plant returned to service six hours after it was flooded. And the City’s sewer pump station on Burris Road is no longer flooded.

The flooding Saturday led Mayor Anne P. Stedman to declare a state of emergency for the entire area of the City of Newton. The state of emergency is still in effect today.

Anyone who needs to report property damage may do so at http://bit.ly/ccflood or by calling 828-466-7208.