Rain causing major construction delays across the Piedmont

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- Steve Abbott with the N.C. Department of Transportation says the grand opening of the new 311 bypass in Randolph County will be delayed again because of recent rain.

They wanted to do the ribbon cutting and kick off on May 20.

"More likely it will now be the following week at the earliest," Abbott said Monday.

Abbott explained, crews are pretty much done paving and now need to put down markings and painting. They need warm and dry weather for a few days in a row in order to finish.

That task is completely weather-dependent because they can not paint if it's cold, raining, or about to rain, said Abbott.

He said ideally the bypass would be open for Memorial Day travel, but now it's just not plausible because of the weather.

Problems aren't just popping up outside. CRC Greensboro disaster response teams are on standby because these heavy rains highlight leaks in homes.

Mold can start forming within 12 to 24 hours of water exposure inside your house.

"Crawl spaces in North Carolina are all going to have a little bit of mold. That's just North Carolina," explained Andrew Cox.

Cox says it's important to check basements, crawl spaces and attics when we see steady rain like this week.

"What you want to look for is on the actual floor joist, the surface of the wood. You don't want to see anything growing. No spots, green, black or white anything. It should just look like wood.

CRC Senior Roof Inspector Josh Harless says 90% of his roofing calls could be prevented with simple maintenance.

"You want to check for small maintenance issues over time because if you don't, that's when you see little problems turn into major problems," Harless said.

He also advises making sure your gutters are clean and draining away from your home, not straight down the brick into the basement or crawl space.

Moisture equals mold, Harless reminded. "If you start to see things grow, it could get out of control."


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