Madison Mayor To Declare State Of Emergency After Second Flash Flood

Madison Mayor Declares State Of Emergency

MADISON, N.C. -- Folks are reeling after another flash flood in downtown Madison, with many of the same victims hit again.

Mayor David Myers is planning to declare a State of Emergency Monday to try and get funding for cleanup and to fix the storm drains.

The problem is that they're clogged with debris, causing the water to back up.

"Everything was floating," explains Kyle Wilkinson. 

"It was very nerve-racking," adds his wife, Farran.  "It made me very nervous for how hgh can the water actually come up?"

It's question no one in Madison really wants answered.  For the Wilkinson family, it rose to about 4 feet in their basement.  The storm drain in their back yard was backed up and water filled their yard and home.

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Everything they had in the basement is now tossed to the street, ruined by the flood.

"Hopefully we can just throw away the things that were lost and just start over," Farran tells.

But it's easier said than done, especially if you're starting over for the second time in less than three weeks.  A lot of the same shops that were hit by the flash flood on May 31st are washed out again.

"We just got everything back in shape ready to go and this hits," says Danny Smith with Flynn Furniture.

Flynn says they'll have to get new rugs again, which is another setback for the business.  Despite the damage though, he says they were still able to open and actually have a good day in sales.  Some other businesses can't say the same.

"Western Rockingham county is going to need some help," says Mayor Myers.

The mayor says he's working to get sandbags to public works and the businesses.  They'll hopefully serve as a barricade next time water tries to barge through.

"But that's a band aid fix," he explains.  "That's what we've been doing. I need a long term fix."

Or else the weather may shut down some shops for good.

"I don't want to keep doing this," Flynn says, adding a lot of his neighbors are getting sick and tired of the clean-up.

Mayor Myers says the town's engineers will be looking at the storm drains to see if they can be made bigger.

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