The Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve in Huntersville is open for business on Saturday after storms caused four trees to fall on and near the property. Some reports are that up to five inches of rain fell near the preserve.
Officials originally announced the nature preserve would be closed after three trees fell near its entrance on Sample Road during Friday’s heavy rain and storms. But crews were able to clear away the trees this morning, said Stephen Hutchinson, nature center manager. He said the entire complex, including the historic Latta Place house, equestrian center, Carolina Raptor Center, are all open.
Hutchinson said staff is still assessing to see if there was any other damage to the nature preserve. He said a standing dead pine tree also fell within the preserve, but so far no damage was reported to the equestrian stables, raptor cages or other areas. In addition, no injuries have been reported for injuries.
The National Weather Service says about three inches of rain was reported near a post office less than three miles from the nature preserve. But some television reports say that as much as five inches of rain fell in the area.