Chesterfield County not yet recovered from Florence, braces for Michael

Chesterfield residents still recovering from Florence

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It has been less than a month since parts of Chesterfield County received nearly 2 feet of rain from Hurricane Florence. Now, county officials are urging residents to prepare, once again, as Hurricane Michael looms over the Gulf Coast.

“they aren’t looking at it to dump near as much water on us, but there is still some low-lying areas in the county have that standing water,” Assistant Emergency Management Director Chad Arant said.

Arant says his first briefing on Michael with the National Weather Service was Tuesday afternoon. They expect Chesterfield County to receive three to five inches of rain on Thursday.

He says it would not be as concerning if the few inches of rain did not come so quickly after Florence.

“We could lose a lot of trees based on the ground saturation,” Arant said.

Because Cheraw borders the Pee Dee River, it’s at most risk for flooding this week.

Already more than 540 have registered with FEMA to receive financial support due to damages made by Florence. Before they can start the repair process, some are being threatened again.

“It’s hurting,” Pageland resident Mickey Jordan said. “Maybe Lord’s willing, we won’t’ get it too bad this time I hope.”

Jordan put tarp over his home after leaks in his brand new roof left his ceiling and floors with water.

Emergency Management says they are offering 100 Chesterfield County residents free tarps to prepare for Michael. They urge you to cover your home, even if you believe you identified any leaks after Florence.

If you wish to get a tarp from Emergency Management, you must prove you are a resident of Chesterfield County.

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