The Weather Channel reported from the Black's Tire store in the northern part of Lumberton, N.C. This screen capture shows the extent of the flooding triggered by Hurricane Florence, which made landfall about 70 miles away in Wilmington on Sept. 14.

The Weather Channel reported from the Black's Tire store in the northern part of Lumberton, N.C. This screen capture shows the extent of the flooding triggered by Hurricane Florence, which made landfall about 70 miles away in Wilmington on Sept. 14.

The recovery from Hurricane Florence continues at Black’s Tire Service Inc. after almost one-third of the company’s operations were affected by the storm. Nine stores suffered a direct hit.

Vice President Rick Benton says all of the company’s employees are safe, but many are displaced from their homes. He expects conditions to improve greatly this week in the areas that experienced the most flooding.

Flood waters surrounded a Black's Tire store in Lumberton last week.

Flood waters surrounded a Black's Tire store in Lumberton last week.

Black’s Tire wholesale division, BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors, is serving its wholesale customers but detours around flooded roads and bridges are delaying deliveries.

Power was restored at the company’s headquarters in Whiteville, N.C., six days after the hurricane made landfall on Sept. 14 in Wilmington, N.C. Generators powered the company’s headquarters for nearly a week.

The company sheltered many displaced employees at its headquarters and other locations, including the home of company president Ricky Benton.

Seven of the company’s stores were at the epicenter of the disaster. There are four Black’s Tire stores in Wilmington, where the storm crossed onto shore.

The company operates three stores in Lumberton, one of the areas hardest hit by flooding. The store in the northern part of Lumberton flooded for the first time ever. The outlet appeared in the Weather Channel’s coverage of the hurricane. The stormed dumped a record 35.93 inches of rain on North Carolina.

The flood waters have receded and repairs are under way at a Black's Tire store in Lumberton.

The flood waters have receded and repairs are under way at a Black's Tire store in Lumberton.

Black’s Tires operates 46 combination commercial/retail outlets throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.

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