Watauga flood damage estimated at $1M
by Anna Oakes
A preliminary damage assessment team from the state Division of Emergency Management and Watauga County officials on Friday estimated the cost of flood damage to buildings and other property at $1,058,505.
Steve Sudderth, Watauga County emergency management coordinator, said the figure does not include the costs of damage to public or private roads or bridges.
Damages to state-maintained roads in Watauga County are estimated between $400,000 and $500,000, said Kevin Whittington, highway maintenance engineer for Watauga County.
Officials have worked since the Jan. 30 flood to tally damage totals across the county, and the state emergency management team visited Friday to verify the county's reports and estimates.
Sudderth said he expects the team to recommend that Gov. Pat McCrory issue a disaster declaration for Watauga County, which could lead to federal assistance such as low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration.
The breakdown of damage cost estimates in the county is $30,000 for three mobile homes, $48,005 for damage to 27 apartments and $980,500 for business damages, Sudderth said.
"We appreciate everybody's patience and everybody's cooperation," Sudderth said.