Supply Resources owner Rick Barker stood in his office peering from a window at the piers from a missing trestle bridge by his Craghead Street office on Friday, Jan. 11 and talked about the recovery since Tropical Storm Michael passed through on Oct. 11, 2018.

“Today is 90 days since Oct. 11. Some of it seems like it happened yesterday, and other times its like wow, we’ve accomplished a lot in 90 days,” Barker said.

The afternoon Michael passed through Danville, Barker stepped from his office to the top of a set of stairs that go down to the lobby of his building.

Before Barker could get his phone camera going to record the water already in the lobby floor, floodwaters breached the locked front doors that open to Craghead Street.

“It was raining very hard. Before I got the camera focused, water bursted the front door open,” Barker said.

In the midst of the floodwaters, a trestle between Supply Resources and the rest of the Barker Block on Craghead lifted from its piers and went into the street. 

While Barker watched as water wreaked havoc on his building, trees began to fall all over the city causing road closures and power outages. 

For the full story, purchase a copy of the Jan. 16 edition of the Chatham Star-Tribune.

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