CHAPEL HILL – Though the waters of the June 30 flash flood have long since receded, many area businesses are still recovering. A free workshop is being held this week to make this process less complicated and to better prepare our community for future emergencies.
The Disaster Preparedness Seminar is happening Thursday morning at the Carolina Club, a hosting partner, along with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and the local chapter of SCORE, a national non-profit organization which aids small businesses.
Andrew Beamon is a project manager for SCORE and helped lead Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts after the super storm tore through the East Coast.
“We definitely want to provide these experts to the community and to provide educational assistance to get people better prepared for these types of interruptions,” Beamon said.
Beamon explained Thursday’s workshop will be given by Bob Boyd, CEO of Agility Recovery, based in Charlotte, NC.
Agility Recovery works to prepare clients for many types of disasters before they happen. They also provide immediate assistance to clients when a disaster actually occurs.
“What SCORE and Agility have done for other communities across the North East has centered around 10 steps in preparedness,” Beamon said. “That is as simple as accessing risk in your community, or reviewing your insurance plan and making sure that everything is up-to-date.”
The June rainstorm dumped more than five inches of rain in just a few hours, affecting shopping centers like University Mall and The Shops at Eastgate.
“We have been close to a lot of businesses that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, and we want to pass this knowledge on to Chapel Hill and Carrboro as well,” Beamon said.
SCORE mentors will also offer individualized counseling on topics, including how to find appropriate financing options and how to create successful marketing initiatives once businesses get back on their feet.
“For recovery, we were able to get people connected with the right resources to get loans and grants to get their business back up and running,” Beamon said. “This is all free, the workshops we provide and the one-on-one counseling is all free.”
Registration is required to attend the Disaster Preparedness Seminar. To sign up, click here.http://chapelboro.com/news/seminar-aims-to-help-businesses-in-flood-recovery-efforts
Pictured: June 30 flooding near The Flats on Todd Street in Carrboro
CARRBORO- The waters have receded following this summer’s massive flooding on June 30, but some Carrboro residents have said the problem will persist unless the Town makes some major changes to its infrastructure.
Carrboro Alderman member Jacquelyn Gist spoke at Tuesday’s board meeting about the flooding problems that continue to impact neighbors along Old Pittsboro Road.
“The type of rain event that we are getting is really changing. It is more intense. It is more often. I don’t know why it is happening, but I think I know why it is happening. I think we need to have a very serious conversation in the near future,” Gist said.
Over on South Greensboro Street, Carrboro officials condemned about two dozen homes at the Rocky Brook Mobile Home Park as a result of the June 30 rainstorm that dumped more than five inches in just a few hours.
“I don’t think that our infrastructure can handle this change. It was built towards a different type of rain event,” Gist said.
Several residents who live along Old Pittsboro Road, like Kelly Dimock, asked the Board to consider ways to mediate the problem.
“We’re talking about a massive amount of water,” Dimock said. “It would be physically impossible to leave our driveway certainly by foot but even by car when this happens. I just wanted to make sure that was clear, that it happens frequently, and that it is extreme. It is not just that water in the ditch.”
Neighbor Logan Kendall said the ditch Dimock referenced runs along Old Pittsboro Street. He said he feared the ditch also carried contaminants as a result of run-off from nearby businesses.
“This ditch ultimately deposits into a Morgan Creek tributary,” Kendall said. “The topography of the land is such that it is really a stream valley that unloads all of the stream water in from Carrboro just about, at least from the Central Business District from the south. Ultimately it goes through a huge culvert into the Rocky Brook Trailer Park.”
Town staff explained that maintenance for a majority of the ditch falls on the Town because it is in the public right of way. However, some of the ditch runs along private property.
Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton explained that if the Town tried diverting water from one area, it would lead to flooding in another area.
“Even if we had a brilliant plan for moving it [the water] faster off Old Pittsboro Road, what you are talking about is getting it down to Rocky Brook trailer park faster and even more dramatically,” Chilton said.
Chilton ultimately turned to the Town Staff, asking them to investigate the current infrastructure problems, then consult with OWASA, and return with a report to be presented at the September 17 Board meeting.http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/carrboro-residents-ask-for-help-with-flooding-problems