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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Flood Causes $230,000 In Damage To Fire Station Basement

HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — A High Point fire station and several other buildings on Adams Street soon may no longer have to worry about major flooding.

The city is using more than $15 million in bond money to upgrade the area between West Grimes Avenue and South Elm Street, because of its many floods over the years.

A recent flood caused ore than $230,000 in damage to the fire station's basement after nearly everything was destroyed. The water had so much force that large fire truck tires actually floated.

"You just can't imagine the weight of those tires that they would float," Deputy Chief Martha Younts said.

The flooding is caused by years of development in low terrain areas, Richard McMillan, with the city's public services department, said.

The city is trying to recoup losses by upgrading the drainage system near the fire station's headquarters. The upgrades include laying large pipes and digging up the intersection around the fire station.

"We've gone in and tried to provide ample storage within the creek bank to hold the water within the creeks to make sure it stays under the road and in culverts," McMillan said.

The project is expected to be completed by summer.

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