MADISON, N.C. -- Mayor David Myers is working on the paperwork to declare a state of emergency in his Town of Madison.
He told WFMY News 2 Saturday that he planned to do this as a way to try and get help after two flash floods hit the small Rockingham county town in less than 3 weeks.
As a "band-aid fix" he's been working with Town Manager Bob Scott to fill more than 500 sand bags for businesses to use as barricades for any future storms.
Frances Byrum picked up some bags Monday afternoon for the Madison Flower Shop Her store has been hit by both flash floods and she doesn't want to fall victim to another.
"It's an old drain system," she says. " It needs to be updated."
A long-term fix would be looking at storm drains and finding a way to clear the grates. The issue is that the grates are blocked by debris and water is backing up and heading towards the storms and homes instead of down the drain. Mayor Myers says he hopes to get an engineer to look at that, but will likely need more funding to make the changes.
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After the town finishes the state of emergency paperwork, they send it to Rockingham County emergency management, who in turn sends it to the state, who then sends it to FEMA. FEMA will have to come and assess the damage to see what funds may be allocated.