Hurricane Matthew swept through North Carolina last weekend, leaving behind downed trees, power outages and some road closures in its wake.
Barricades blocked flooded roads and some facilities closed in western Wake towns. Here is how these towns, including Cary, Morrisville and Apex, responded to the storm and its aftermath.
Saturday Cary Fire Departments will collect donations at their open houses to help those affected by the hurricane. They are collecting the following personal hygiene and cleaning supplies: hand sanitizer, body soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, toilet paper, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, diapers, baby wipes, feminine products, disinfection wipes, paper towels, rubber gloves, large trash bags and scrub brushes/sponges.
The collections will continue Sunday. On Monday, all donated goods will be delivered to the NC Baptist Men’s Regional Distribution Center in Red Springs, located just outside of Lumberton in Robeson County.
The town reported 15 fully and partially closed roads because of flooding and downed trees on Saturday, and most had reopened as of Monday.
The town reported that heavy rains resulted in a 14,000-gallon sanitary sewer overflow from the manhole at the Holly Brook pump station on Holly Brook Drive, as well as a smaller sanitary sewer overflow of 1,250 gallons of untreated wastewater at the South Cary Water Reclamation Facility on West Lake Road.
Sixty-two trees fell down in public right-of-ways and had to be removed, Cary spokeswoman Deanna Hawkes said.
Vegetative debris from residents’ homes will be collected on the regular yard waste collection day through the end of the month. Debris should be placed in either reusable containers with handles, paper bags or in securely tied bundle no more than four feet long and 24 inches in diameter. Individual limbs should be no more than four inches in diameter. Those with large amounts of debris or limbs that exceed the standard size limits should contact the town at 919-469-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the municipality farthest south in Wake County, Fuquay-Varina was hit especially hard by Matthew’s floodwaters.
Susan Weis, a town spokeswoman, reported road closings due to downed trees and power lines as well as erosion.
In addition to road closures, the town reported the discharge of more than 203,000 gallons of untreated sewage related to Hurricane Matthew. The release said the hurricane caused “hydraulic overload” of the town’s wastewater drainage systems.
The spills occurred in six locations around town and ranged in size from 6,250 gallons spilled into a tributary of Kenneth Creek and 93,000 gallons spilled into Terrible Creek near 5812 Hilltop Road.
The town said “no detrimental environmental impacts” had been immediately observed in the stream or surrounding area.
Flooding damaged a parking lot and trail around Bass Lake, prompting the town to close Bass Lake Park, Sugg Farm and a nearby paved greenway until further notice.
“I think the main concern to that is trying to get that parking lot fixed so we can get people back on site,” town spokesman Mark Andrews said. “Other than that we are in pretty good shape.”
The Holly Springs Fire Department, with the assistance of the Apex Fire Department, had to conduct two water rescues when vehicles were trapped by flooding. It took emergency responders two hours to rescue two people in a pickup truck that were trapped by high water on New Hill Road near Green Oaks Parkway, Holly Springs Fire Chief LeRoy Smith said.
The town also reported seven road closures because of flooding, but all roads had reopened by Monday. Andrews said Holly Springs didn’t experience as many power outages as other municipalities in Wake County.
Apex reported 8.3 inches of rain and gusts of nearly 40 miles per hour Saturday that caused some residents to lose power. Stacie Galloway, a spokeswoman for the town, said all residents served by the town had power back on by 5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, but that some residents served by Duke Power were still waiting for power to be restored.
Mayor Lance Olive said Monday that it could be more than a week from then before some Duke Power customers get their lights back on, but reported Wednesday morning that everyone within town limits had power back, as far as he knew.
“Many people were calling and seeing if we can do anything, but Duke says, ‘Don’t touch our stuff,’ ” Olive said. “Even if we see a tree lying on their line, we can’t move it. So we might in the future try to get an agreement in advance that lets us reach out and perform some of those repairs.”
High flows but no spills were reported by the town’s wastewater treatment facilities.
Portions of six roadways were closed due to flooding Saturday but were all reopened by Sunday morning.
Galloway said the town’s fire department reported responding to about 50 calls for service during the storm. The town also provided water rescue personnel on four occasions to help people escape rising floodwaters.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608, @KTrogdon