While Lincoln County emergency crews received multiple reports of fallen tree branches and one downed tree Thursday evening after heavy winds and rain tore through the region, county officials said the area narrowly escaped an encounter with the much more severe weather conditions that pounded surrounding counties.
The Communications Center witnessed a slight increase in their average number of daily calls, increasing from 88 one week ago to 101 between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday, Asst. County Manager Martha Lide told the Times-News.
Local emergency crews, including fire departments, law enforcement officers and emergency medical services, responded to nearly 90 of the calls, county officials said.
Because of the severe weather threat meteorologists predicted for the area late Thursday, Lincoln County was prepared to battle the worst.
“The County Emergency Operations Center was manned with a skeleton crew until 8:30 p.m.,” Lide said. “We had anticipated that this storm might be a bad one because there were reports of flooding, mud slides and heavy rain in many of the surrounding counties to the west.
However, local damage remained minimal, including damage to a Lincolnton home on Poplar Street after a tree fell across the home’s front, landing in the yard.
No one was injured in incident.