Heavy Rains Cause Flood Damage in Triad

Heavy Rains Cause Flood Damage in Triad

6:32pm Jul 11, 2013
High water over the past few days has caused several road closures and some damage to homes and businesses in the Triad.
Photo by Jessica Keating Photography via flickr

It’s been a wet summer so far in the Piedmont Triad and in the High Country.  Around two inches of rain fell in Thomasville early Thursday morning and several roads were closed. Heavy storms also swept through parts of the Triad Wednesday, resulting in some water rescues in Guilford County. The heavy rains have also caused flood damage to some homes and businesses in the area. 

The Smith Senior Center in Greensboro is closed for the second time in two weeks due to flooding.

Jennie Matkins coordinates activities at the senior center on Fairview Street. She says employees got a big surprise when they arrived this morning.

“If you step out of the gym door and then you go up three steps into our back yard area. There is a brick wall and the waterline on that brick wall was about 18 inches,” says Matkins.

Matkins says the gymnasium sustained a lot of water damage, It had just reopened this past Monday, and then the three inches of rain that we got Wednesday night re-flooded the gym."

"The rest of the building is dry. We are able to have activities in the rest of the center but the gym is closed," says Matkins. "We have a cleanup crew here again. They will take the floor tiles to their warehouse and try to air it out as quickly as possible.

Matkins says the cost of the flood damage is still unknown.

She says the gym is expected to remain closed for about a week. Some senior exercise classes and activities are also canceled through Monday.

For more information about the schedule changes at the Smith Senior Center in Greensboro call (336) 373-7564.

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