Town asks for patience in flood clean up

Jul. 10, 2013 @ 06:03 PM

Town leaders on Wednesday asked residents to be patient as local government continues to clean up after recent flooding that displaced more than 150 families.

The request for patience came a day after residents in hard hit Camelot Village complained about debris piling up outside of condominiums that were flooded after a June 6 storm dumped more than 5 inches of rain on Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

“We are working to ensure that our residents get the help they need, but the assessment, clean up, and disposal will all take time, so patience is needed,” Town Manager Roger Stancil said in a statement. “Cooperation among our town, Carrboro, Orange County and the Red Cross has been outstanding and will help our community get back to normal.”

To help speed the rebuilding, the town is waving certain solid waste and zoning and building permit fees.

Residents with flood damage will not have to pay a collection fee for household bulky items such as appliances and furniture.

To have those items collected, residents should call Public Works at 919-969-5100 to arrange a special collection and verify that crews can collect their waste items.

Crews will not collect construction and demolition wastes such as sheetrock, insulation, treated wood or household hazardous wastes.

Because many flood damage repairs require zoning and/or building permits, the town is waiving fees for residents with flood damage.  

Residents should contact the Town's Planning Department at 919-968-2728 or the Inspections Department at 919-968-2718 if they need help determining whether they need zoning or building permits.

On Tuesday, an assessment team from the U.S. Small Business Administration came to town to tour areas in Chapel Hill and Carrboro most heavily affected by flooding.
The team will determine whether there have been sufficient uninsured/underinsured losses to request a USSBA Disaster Loan Declaration, offering low-interest loans to qualified applicants.

Officials said it could take anywhere from several days to a couple of weeks before a decision can be made about the declaration.

The Red Cross is operating a Flood Assistance Center at the University Mall between Dillard's and GNC. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The center will help by providing residents affected by flooding with food, clothing and lodging. Residents can call the center at 919-903-0676 or the Red Cross at 919-489-6541.

The storm caused flooding in downtown Chapel Hill on West Franklin Street, parts of South Estes Drive (including Camelot Village and the parking lot at University Mall), East Gate Shopping Center, Booker Creek Apartments and Rocky Brook Mobile Home Park in southern Carrboro.