ROCKY MOUNT - The lobby of the administrative offices of the town's largest employer were no match to the heavy rains that continued for yet another day Wednesday.
Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins says a call came into Franklin County's 911 center advising of a roof collapse at the facility.
No one was in the area where the roof collapsed. There were no injuries, Hankins said.
The lobby area of the offices is a total loss. No damage estimates were available Wednesday night.
“While this was a difficult situation for PlyGem management and employees, this coordinated response from our first responders, town and county officials, public safety and public works agencies was effective, efficient and appropriate,” said Rocky Mount Assistant Town Manager Matthew Hankins. “We have already offered plant management any assistance we can provide to keep the plant in production.”
The roof collapse was just part of the damage from a strong storm system that has dumped 2-5" of rain over much of the area and spawned severe storms and tornado warnings across the area.
Numerous trees were reported down across Franklin County Wednesday evening after a severe storm, which had produced a confirmed tornado earlier in North Carolina, moved through Ferrum, Henry, Rocky Mount and eastern Franklin County. When the severe storm hit Rocky Mount, very heavy rainfall added to many of the problems.
Soggy ground from days of rain makes trees easier to topple. VDOT reports numerous road closures across the state from the persistent rains. Route 40 west in Ferrum was underwater at one point Wednesday afternoon. East of town in Redwood, Route 40 east was closed in Redwood from floodwaters washing out part of the road, accoding to VDOT.
The system bringing the rain will not entirely clear the area until Friday. Lingering showers and flooding will be a factor Thursday morning. Storms with hail are likely by the early afternoon Thursday underneath an upper low.
More severe storms are possible Saturday after and during the day Sunday.