Mayor speaks briefly with Gov. McCrory

NEWTON, NC (July 31, 2013) – Storms on July 27, 2013 left many areas of Newton flooded and resulted in damage to City utilities. The City responded quickly to restore power and water service to its citizens, but there’s still work to do in the days ahead.

On Tuesday, Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman met briefly with Gov. Pat McCrory as he visited flood-hit areas in Catawba and Lincoln counties. Stedman told McCrory about the several flooded areas in Newton, especially those near creeks and rivers. The damage and swift water rescues led Mayor Stedman to declare a state of emergency for the City of Newton.

“It was just a deluge from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday,” Stedman said of the rainfall that led to flash floods. “It appeared that many creeks became lakes, and our first concern was for the safety of our citizens."

She further told Gov. McCrory of the resilience of Newton’s citizens, and the need for assistance from the state as the City and its citizens recover.

Though waters have receded, the evidence of flooding remains. Vegetation remains flattened near creek beds, and trees lean over those same creeks. High water levels have left marks on buildings, and City residents are still accounting for damage to their properties. -City officials are helping citizens recover from the flooding by offering curbside service for storm debris and trash. And Public Works crews worked throughout the weekend to ensure services were restored as quickly as possible.

Widespread power outages resulted after a electric delivery substation on Burris Road was flooded. All circuits were up and power was restored to most customers by Saturday afternoon. Public Works crews re-routed water lines after the flooding washed out 12-inch and 8-inch water lines. And flooding at the Wastewater Treatment Plant took an influent pump out of service. It was back in service before the end of the day.

Flooding left Southside and Jacob Fork parks under water and swept away a portion of the unpaved part of the Heritage Greenway Trail between West Seventh Street and Radio Station Road. All three recreational facilities remain closed to the public while repairs take place.

NC 10 at Long Drive remains closed as N.C. Department of Transportation crews work to repair damage to the bridge, which was washed out from the storm. The heavy rains and high water levels resulted in Clarks Creek running over the bridge, leading to the damage to the bridge.