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Damage Happens Fast; Cleanup, Not So Much

Posted September 15, 2007
Updated September 16, 2007

— The storms that came with what had been Hurricane Humberto delivered some much-needed rain and left a mess that businesses and homeowners had to clean up Saturday.

One place that saw scattered damage was Fuquay-Varina.

In parts of town, Friday's winds snapped trees like twigs. They roughed up the rooftop of a commercial storage building and whipped flames through a home on Sanford Avenue.

Firefighters told Toni Currin that it was probably lightning that sparked the fire. She, her son and her husband were away when the storm hit. They returned to find nearly everything destroyed, except for a precious few mementos.

Currin said she “tried to get jewelry out, and that was from when my son was born.”

At the Brighton Manor nursing home, a tree fell and punctured the roof, and water seeped in. A power surge knocked out the fire alarm, power went out, and a backup generator initially did not work, firefighters said. That and the fact that some residents depended on a central oxygen system were enough for officials to order it evacuated.

It took four hours to transport the 63 residents to four other facilities in Fuquay, Chatham County, Lillington and north Raleigh. Administrator John Jerrell said he expected residents to return Monday or Tuesday. In the meantime, families that have any question about loved ones who were at Brighton Manor can call 910-893-5141.

Burdette Gage has the perspective of someone who makes his living cleaning up storm damage.

“It wasn't really widespread. It was sporadic,” Gage said.


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  • Made In USA Sep 16, 2007

    (cont....) Thanks a whole lot WRAL for keeping me, and others, instantly updated as to the where-a-bouts of these dangerous storms. Without you that night, I would have been much more worried and I would not have enjoyed my beach trip as much if I had been left guessing about the well-being of my home and neighbors. GREAT JOB!!

  • Made In USA Sep 16, 2007

    I left Apex around 6 PM on Friday, and headed to Myrtle Beach. I drove through much of the bad stormy weather going down I-40, and those clouds looked very serious. I was on pins and needles for a good part of my trip as I listened to WRAL-TV on their radio station (101.5 FM). I was expecting to hear that Apex had been hit or was going to be hit with a tornado. Thank goodness it didn't happen.
    I sincerely want to thank Greg and the weather staff of WRAL for their outstanding expertise in reading and broadcasting the live action given to them by Doppler radar. As a team, this TV and radio station teamed up and furnished their listeners exactly what they needed when they needed it. I was able to tune in all the way down I-95 into South Carolina, finally losing their signal near Florence...but not before things had quited down quite a bit. I was able to peacefully continue on thanks to WRAL for doing a great job with alerting the public of their severe weather night we had. (cont.)

  • gassy1 Sep 16, 2007

    Pike Mom- I apologize. I should not have responded in my 1st comment to you. It wasnt just to you- It was to everyone in and out of this group. Nursing homes are for the most part "dumping places" for our citizens who have no where else to go. I am a nurse-who worked at 4 different facilities and I was upset 90% of the time. Reasons from families who did not bother to check on their loved ones to the state who allowed the low number of CNA's and Nurses to work in the homes to care for so many residents. These residents need more care than just to be checked on. They need their medicines, many need to be fed, are in diapers, can not clean them selves are unable to verbaliz their needs. 1 nurse- LPN mostly is responsible for up to 60 patients with 1 or 2 CNA staff. It is rediculous how we have allowed this to happen. You hear of nursing home abuse-many times it is not so- some times it is, but I can tell you from my own experience, the staff at nursing homescare.

  • gassy1 Sep 16, 2007

    This is to PikeMom- yes it sounds like someone needs to get out of low gear- THE FAMILIES of patients in nursing homes! Where do you think the families are when gramma needs to get out-or take a break from the nursing home? In an emergency or for the afternoon or weekend? VERY few families come and see much more get gramma and grand pa when they go in a nursing home. They might go to see them on a birthday or holiday. It makes me sick to my stomach to see families come in and stay 5-10 minutes and then act like they have done their "duty" So if you are commenting on nursing home personnel,health care EMS and ambulance workers/transport--get off of it. They are OVER WORKED UNDER PAID and dogged to death.

  • ECU_chick Sep 16, 2007

    Yes, sonet, you are most definitely correct. My grandmother was in a rest home and couldn't walk so she had to be transported to and from appointments in an ambulance. Being that she has muscular dystrophy, it's physically impossible right now for her to get up and get herself out in a situation as this one. Glad no one was hurt in this incident; we were only two miles from when it was in Garner...*Scary!*

  • Sonet-transport Sep 16, 2007


    Did you know that it would take 63 ambulances to transport those people? Most of those people CANNOT get into a cab. Please think about that.

  • PikeMom Sep 16, 2007

    It took four hours to transport the 63 residents to four other facilities.

    Sounds like someone needs more employee's with a gear other than LOW.

  • smitty Sep 16, 2007

    Amazing what passes for journalism these days.