Flooding problems quickly resolved in Henderson, Vance County

Jul. 01, 2013 @ 06:08 PM

Henderson street department crews were cleaning up after flash flooding conditions on Monday morning caused several brief street closures.

The heavy rain for Vance County came between 8:15 and 8:35 in the morning, dropping about one-quarter inch on top of one-tenth of an inch that fell earlier. According to the National Weather Service, rainfall through 10 a.m. totaled nearly half an inch.

Brian Short, director of Vance County Emergency Operations, said that one potentially dangerous collection point of runoff took place at the underpass between Garnett and Williams streets.

“We did have a tremendous amount of rainfall in a short time,” Short said. “The underpass was flooded to the point of being impassable, but not for long, not very long at all.”

Short said “impassable” is defined as not safe or advisable for a vehicle to go through an area. South Chestnut Street also had an impassable area. However the letup in the rain just minutes later brought the runoff needed.

Frank Frazier, the city’s assistant manager also in charge of the city maintenance crews, said that while the streets cleared, the culverts and drain areas needed work.

“There was a section of Neathery Street off of Harriett Street that was closed,” Frazier said. “We had to close some streets briefly because of the flooding.

“There have been some other streets that went over the curb a little bit,” he added. “We are investigating now, looking at culverts and drains to make sure they are clear of debris.”

The cleaning is important for being prepared for more rain, Frazier said.

Also a concern is if some flood damage may have occurred on private property for which the city is not aware.

“There’s nothing major at this time, nothing that we’ve seen yet,” Frazier said.

According to the NWS, rain was expected Monday evening, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.