Concord opens Emergency Operations Center for Florence


CONCORD, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — The City of Concord has its emergency operations center set up and ready to go, as Florence makes her way inland.

The center can coordinate crews, track power outages, and respond to flooding.

The city has already identified flood-prone streets and wants neighbors to remember that flooding could still be a threat for days after the rain stops.

“We want people to be really mindful it’s not just while the rain’s falling, it could happen several days after the rain stops. The water is going to continue to flow downstream and rivers are likely to come beyond their banks,” said Peter Franzese, Public Information Officer for the City of Concord.

Across Cabarrus County, in Harrisburg, one neighbor tells Fox 46 Charlotte she plans to hunker down for the weekend.

“I want to be in the house and not come back out until I know that it’s clear,” said Harrisburg resident Monica Carr.

She knows how quickly some areas, like the bridge on Pharr Mill Road near Rocky River Road, can flood.

“We tend to get flooded real fast in Harrisburg, so that’s one of the major things I have a concern about,” said Carr.

According to NC DOT the bridge on Pharr Mill Road and one on Stallings Road were both replaced in the last several years, but with the heavy rains expected with Florence, flooding could still be an issue in those locations.

The following is a link to flood-prone streets in the City of Concord:

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