On Monday morning, fans, squeegees and mops were out in full force on Franklin Street. But by afternoon, most of them, and the water they had sought to dispel, were gone.
But while some downtown businesses rebounded quickly from the deluge, Chapel Hill and Orange County officials warned residents to stay vigilant as storms remain in the forecast.
Orange County Emergency Medical Services Director Jim Groves confirmed the county was in a state of emergency after the flooding, allowing local governments to seek federal disaster funding if it becomes available.
HOME CLEANING TIPS
Orange County is providing tips for homeowners affected by the flood from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
• Wear rubber boots, gloves and goggles during cleanup
• Remove drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with flood water or sewage
• Help the drying process with fans, air conditioners and dehumidifiers
• Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces with hot water and laundry or dish detergent
As of Wednesday, officials estimated about 130 flood-affected residences in Chapel Hill had been condemned, but that number could rise as more single-family homes are evaluated. Some of the hardest-hit residential areas were Camelot Village Condominiums and Brookwood Townhomes, both on Estes Drive.
At the storm’s peak, 41 people from some of those residences had been housed in a temporary shelter at Smith Middle School. By Tuesday night, that number had dropped to 19.