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Roanoke Rapids residents clean up after flash floods

Posted August 26, 2012
Updated August 27, 2012

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— Local damage assessment teams were out in force across Roanoke Rapids on Sunday to determine how many homes and businesses were impacted by Saturday's drenching rains. 

While it's still unclear exactly how many homes and businesses in Halifax and Northampton counties were damaged, preliminary reports from Sunday's survey show that at least 56 properties inside the City of Roanoke Rapids were impacted. Flooding Roanoke Rapids Roanoke Rapids flash flooding

In Halifax County, officials put the number around 35. Those numbers could go up Monday once crews are able to count several mobile home units that weren't inspected during the initial surveys.

Local residents caught off guard by Saturday morning's unexpected flooding were beginning the cleanup process Sunday afternoon. John Williams, who owns a home on Carolina Avenue, said people on his street weren't prepared for Friday's deluge. 

"It happened so fast, wasn't a thing to do," Williams said.

Tim Strickland, who also lives on Carolina Avenue, said he and his family are salvaging what they can and throwing out the rest. He also said most homeowners on Carolina Avenue canceled their flood insurance a few years ago after getting a notice from Roanoke Rapids. 

"About 2005, we got letters and maps from the city stating that our area was no longer in the flood plain," Strickland said. "The drainage problem had been corrected, and we no longer needed to carry flood insurance."

Strickland said his insurance company had already told him there was nothing they could do. Floods hit Roanoke Rapids area Cleanup begins following Roanoke Rapids flooding

"They aren't even going to come and take a look," he said.

Some homeowners are hoping the Federal Emergency Management Agency steps in.

Roanoke Rapids city manager Joseph Scherer said state assessment teams will visit the Roanoke Rapids area on Monday to determine if the city qualifies for emergency assistance.

"I hope they will be able to give us a fair amount of damage assessment and be able to help us with reimbursement and repairs," Scherer said.

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  • coachjones08 Aug 27, 2012

    I wonder if the Red Cross in Rocky Mount will do anything for these folks. From my understanding they promised affected residents clean-up kits and food and have yet to deliver. Seems like a recurring theme from the folks out of Rocky Mount. Hopefully someone will get them to do what they are mandated to do since they take donations from folks and have a congressional mandate to respond to disasters.

  • Skywatch_NC Aug 27, 2012

    Prayers and thoughts with all as many if not most of the folks there probably don't have flood insurance and with the state budget the way it is will have to rely on our National FEMA.

  • OleNCNative Aug 27, 2012

    Nice that RoRap is in the news for something other than the Theater.

  • halfpint1552 Aug 27, 2012

    Unbelievable! Makes me glad I live in the highest area of my town! I couldn't imagine waking up to this!