Lincoln County is currently in the early stages of recovery from the flooding disaster that struck our county earlier today. The floodwaters are beginning to recede in the western portions of our county.
Water rescue teams that were operating in the area have been demobilized and other emergency personnel have entered a stand-by mode. There still have not been any reports of any injuries or fatalities from this event in our county. We do have reports of some large animals missing in the area but we do not have any additional information regarding this situation as of this time.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is on the scene and evaluating the damage to the roadways in the affected areas. They have closed the following roads due to damage they received from this event:
· Hoover Rd.
· Macedonia Church Rd.
· Palm Tree Rd.
· Burgin Smith Rd.
· Beam Lumber Rd.
· Zur Leonard Rd.
· Hallman Mill Rd.
· Reeps Grove Church Rd.
· Dan Rhyne Rd.
· Tallent Rd.
· Bill Sain Rd.
· Howards Creek Mill Rd.
· Johnston Rd.
· Maiden Salem Rd.
· Palm Tree Heights
Any additional information regarding the closure of these roads or the expected length of these closures will have to come from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Lincoln County Emergency Services does have contingency plans in place for accessing these areas in the event of an emergency.
At 2:30pm today, Lincoln County opened up an emergency shelter at the Lincolnton High School for those who were in need. There were no individuals that took shelter at this location and it was closed at 6:00pm. County officials remain at the ready to assist citizens as needed.
Officials still strongly urge all citizens to stay away from flooded areas, even if the water has receded. The dangers of debris and unstable ground around these areas remain high. Roadways that appear to be passable may have little to no earthen support underneath them. Situations such as this would result in the roadway collapsing and leading to a potentially devastating accident.
Dion Burleson, Public Information Officer
Lincoln County Emergency Management
Ph. (980) 241-9943