Officials in areas north of Charlotte taking some steps to prepare for Michael’s rainy potential

Rowan County prepares for Hurricane Michael's rainfall

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - To the north of Charlotte officials are keeping an eye on Michael and preparing for any impact form several inches of rain that could fall in a short amount of time.

Florence brought its share of issues for folks in Rowan County.

East Innes at I-85 in Salisbury was completely underwater and closed on September 16. The good news is that when it does flood in that area, it recedes very quickly.

“Yeah, sure does, I’ve never seen it stay over a few hours, 8-10 hours, that’s about it,” said insurance company owner Richard Faggart. In other parts of the county there were bigger problems caused by Florence.

The Bunts home in Rockwell was damaged after a tree came crashing down. The car was destroyed, and the roof was damaged, but nearly everything has now been repaired.

“It was a little nerve-wracking at the time,” Varina Bunts said. “We don’t have the gutters up yet, had some leakage under our porch and out concrete on our porch is still leaks, my husband has tried to seal that off so that we don’t get any more rain under the porch area.”

At the local True Value Hardware store, they’ve restocked from a run on emergency supplies for Florence. Melinda McMillion says there are some things that always good to have on hand, whether a storm is approaching or not.

“Flashlights, camping lanterns, spare tarps in case you have a leak, you may need a way to stop the leak from coming into your home,” McMillion said.

City officials in Salisbury say they have been cleaning catch basins, trying to make sure curb lines are clear of debris, and trying to pick up leaf piles.

There are no emergency type plans in place yet as officials say they are just waiting to see how much rain may come this way.

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