Damage assessment

Catawba County Building Inspector Craig Taylor, Tax Appraiser Ashley Burleson and Bruce Roseman with Emergency Management Services, prepare to survey a home on Snow Creek Road.

Catawba County received a report of two industrial drums washing up on private property, Catawba County Communications and  Marketing Director Amy McCauley said.

The drums were reported on a property near Lake Lookout on Tuesday.

McCauley said the county called in the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency to test the drums.

NCDEQ has taken samples from the drums and will take action depending on the result of those tests, McCauley said.

As of noon on Thursday, this was the only report of industrial debris on a residential property, McCauley said.

On Wednesday, the county warned residents not to touch any industrial drums that might have come onto their property as a result of the storms and to call Catawba County Emergency Services at 828-466-7213 if it does happen.

Crisis line and road closures

A crisis cleanup line is available to residents who suffered damage as a result of recent flooding.

To get help through the crisis line, residents can call 211 or 888-892-1162 and register for free cleanup assistance between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. every day. The service will be offered through June 28, according to a Catawba County press release.

The information provided will then be given to relief organizations. Since there will be a great deal of need for assistance, “service is not guaranteed,” according to the release.

Catawba County Emergency Services began the effort, which is being coordinated by North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, nonprofit Crisis Cleanup and NC 211.

Residents will also have until 5 p.m. today to report storm damage to the county. To report damages, residents can follow the link on the homepage of the county website- www.catawbacountync.gov   or call 828-466-7213.

An updated list of road closures is also available on the homepage of the county website.

Hickory Public Services Director Kevin Greer said there were still four roads closed in Hickory as of Thursday morning: 25th Avenue NW, 12th Avenue SE, Kool Park Road and Snow Creek Road.

City workers have been going around repairing or making plans to repair water and sewer lines, Greer said. All customers have service, Greer said.

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Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.

Hickory Daily Record city reporter Email: kgriffin@hickoryrecord.com

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