Windsor residents prepare for Matthew after historic flooding

WINDSOR, N.C. (WAVY) — Devastating: That’s all the people of Windsor could say after homes and businesses were destroyed by flooding.

Two weeks later, the streets are cleaned up and many businesses are empty. But concerns over Hurricane Matthew remain.

Windsor officials say their preparations began three days ago. They’re hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.

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“Getting everything that flooded last time, make sure there is nothing this time,” said Allen Castelloe, Windsor Town Administrator.

Castelloe says they are more concerned about wind than rain. He said, “We have an electrical distribution system so the wind would be an issue for us if it’s, you know, much over tropical storm.”

Their preparations for Matthew include cleaning and reinforcing the sewer system and water infrastructure. They’ve also picked up the debris from the flooding, including fallen trees, branches and demolition materials from the buildings that had to be gutted.

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“We’re going to do whatever it takes to make the town of Windsor come back as strong as ever each and every time we have anything happen,” said Castelloe.

The flood from two weeks ago was the third the town has seen in the last 17 years.  Each time, it gets harder to bounce back.

“We are really resilient, our people are strong.  They’ve done this before.  However, its a cumulative affect mentally as much as the physical work,” said Castelloe.

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