Cleanup Underway from Hurricane Matthew; Boil Water Advisory in Chatham County
by Blake Hodge, originally posted on October 9, 2016
****UPDATE: Chatham County has ended the boil water advisory that was issued on Sunday.****
Cleanup is underway across Orange County and most of central and eastern North Carolina after heavy rainfall from Hurricane Matthew.
Nearly 3,000 Orange County residents were without power for a portion of the weekend, mainly concentrated in the Chapel Hill area, as downed trees and power lines kept emergency crews busy.
A shelter was opened at Smith Middle School for Saturday night into Sunday for residents impacted by the storm. By four o’clock Sunday afternoon all residents who used the shelter had either returned home or relocated, according to county officials.
Officials say about a dozen residents were evacuated from the public housing units on Estes Drive.
Meanwhile in Chatham County, a boil-water advisory has been issued for customers in the Asbury Water District, which is located south of Pittsboro.
That advisory was issued because of a water main break in the City of Stanford’s distribution system.
All residents who pay a Chatham County water bill and live south of Highway 64, east of Pittsboro-Goldston Road/Mays Chapel Road/Rosser Road and west of Haw River are affected by the advisory.
Officials in Chatham County and Orange County declared a State of Emergency due to the flooding.
Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood tweeted Sunday that he had ordered some deputies to head to Columbus County to assist in storm recovery.