MOORESVILLE – With parts of Mooresville receiving between 3-4 inches of rain during the peak of what was formerly Hurricane Florence, the town – for the most part – was spared the worst of the storm that devastated the North Carolina coast.
Duke Energy reported Sept. 17 that approximately 1.5 million customers in North and South Carolina lost power. The company had restored power to 1.2 million by 1 p.m. that day. According to the state Department of Public Safety, there were 2,600 storm-related rescues as of Monday afternoon. Gov. Roy Cooper said in a briefing Sept. 18 that, as bodies of water continued to rise, more flooding could be possible.
But Mooresville Fire Chief Curt Deaton said Iredell County is “in the clear.”
“For Iredell County residents, there is no more water coming downstream,” Deaton said. “Any kind of heavy rain could possibly lead to flash flooding in our area, and we continue keep a check on those kinds of things, but nothing else is coming from the hurricane.”
Last week, meteorologists and local officials predicted Mooresville could get as many as 12 inches of rain and gusts of wind clocked at 40 miles per hour.
But Deaton said there were no significant injuries and no homes damaged over the weekend.
“There was some flooding locally in places where creeks are and where drainage happens,” Deaton said. “And we did have some trees that fell over in places.”
He wasn’t able to count the number of trees that fell but said it was more than 10.
Fourteen Mooresville Fire-Rescue personnel were dispatched during the storm – one group was in Mooresville, and two were in the Statesville area.
“We were riding the roads, looking at places that normally flood in spring storms, and we monitored that throughout the weekend,” Deaton said. “We were well-protected in this county.”
Deaton said he thought the Mooresville area response to Hurricane Florence was “excellent.”
“We were able to work with the volunteer fire department and rescue and emergency (personnel) and also with emergency management,” Deaton said. “I think we had a really solid plan. I think if something would have happened, we would have been on top of it really quickly.”
Members of Mooresville Fire-Rescue – including Deaton – went to Kinston Sept. 18 to help with recovery efforts there.
In the wake of the storm, some other organizations and individuals in Mooresville also took steps to provide aid to North Carolinians who weren’t as lucky.
The Mooresville Soup Kitchen (MSK) began accepting donations of items – including new clothes, cleaning supplies and toiletries – Sept. 19 and will accept donations through Thursday, Sept. 27.
“MSK felt that it was important for us to be a part of the support for our North Carolina neighbors because we are an organization that believes in reaching out to care for those in need and lifting them up,” MSK Executive Director Lara Ingram said by email.
In a release from the organization, the nonprofit said it would make sure donated supplies are given to “reputable agencies who will be transporting items to those in need.”
“Our role has traditionally been local,” Ingram said, “but we have an amazing community that we knew wanted to jump into action and show love to those impacted in our state, so we are reaching our arms a little further this time.”