1000 calls for service in Iredell during Michael, 595 responses


Pictured above: A washout on Bethlehem Road near the Statesville Regional Airport – Courtesy of John Ferguson


Iredell County – At approximately 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Lake Norman High School reported high winds and possible exterior damage to the school property. Almost immediately, reports became coming into the Iredell County Emergency Communications (ECOM) of trees and power lines down extending north into Statesville.

At 12:55 p. m., as Hurricane Michael moved across Iredell County ECOM received a call reporting a tree on a motor vehicle traveling West on Mocksville Hwy. near Songbird Lane. Cool Springs Fire Department, Wayside Fire Department, Iredell County EMS, Iredell County Rescue and Iredell County Fire Marshal/Emergency Management staff responded to the scene.

After NC Highway patrol and EMS personnel arrived, it was determined that a large oak tree blew over during the storm and landed on the vehicle; which was occupied at the time by one adult male. The adult male sustained fatal injuries and was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Iredell County Fire & Emergency Management Director Kent Greene said “Just over 1,000 calls for service were received during today’s storm, resulting in 595 incident responses.” At this time, 9,500 customers are without power across the County and 15 roads remain closed due to continued flooding or washouts.

We urge citizens to be aware of standing water, downed power lines and road closures as we begin clean-up and damage assessments. Damage assessment will begin early Friday morning and residents that have sustained damage are urged to photograph any damage and/or debris before clean-up and contact Iredell County Building Standards at 704-878-3120 or Emergency Management at 704-878-3035 for assistance. Questions about large amounts of debris and vegetation can be address with Iredell County Solid Waste at 704-878-5430.

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