ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Paridiso restaurant in Elizabeth City sits right along the water, so when Hurricane Florence hit, owner Andrew Leclair took every precaution he could to keep his business safe.
“Last time we lined sandbags and we nailed the tarp into the building sort of like a wave wall … we closed Thursday and Friday. We boarded up the building upstairs and downstairs,” said Leclair.
Despite all his efforts, the water came up from underneath the building, causing flooding in the back dining area.
“At its worse it was probably a half a foot,” he explained based off the water marks left inside.
He says they bleached down the entire area to prevent mold.
Now this time, with Hurricane Michael heading in, he’s waiting to decide if all of those steps are necessary.
“We’re still in the process of waiting and getting to know the storm a little bit better before we come up with a plan. Last time we took a lot of precautions and they ended up being very costly,” Leclair stated.
Meanwhile, Pasquotank County EMA Coordinator Christy Saunders says their crews are prepared to step in at any time.
“DOT and the city did a lot of the drain clearing, generators are prepared, vehicles are gassed up,” Saunders listed.
Saunders says since Hurricane Florence didn’t drop as much rain as they anticipated, things have cleared up to handle whatever Hurricane Michael brings their way.
“Because of that we can stand some rain in this area, just rain coming heavy at one time can cause flash flooding and that’s what we get concerned about,” she explained.
She says the biggest concern at this point is street flooding, and she’s warning drivers not to take any chances when it comes to standing water.
“We want you to always be prepared, stay tuned to the radio stations, and TV stations and be on the lookout if we tell you that you need to leave, but we’re not anticipating that at this time,” Saunders said.