John Pack, Beaufort County's Emergency Management Coordinator, says roads are now clear Saturday morning in parts of Washington after heavy rainfall caused flash flooding overnight.
Meteorologist Jim Howard says the area of Beaufort County received nearly five inches of rain from heavy storms that moved through the area Friday night into Saturday morning. He says much of Eastern Carolina will now get a chance to dry out from the rainfall of the past few days.
Washington City Manager Brian Alligood confirmed that there was no mechanical failure of the pumps at the Jack's Creek pumping station overnight.
A severe thunderstorm dumped water on parts of Eastern Carolina. The city of Washington is one of the hardest hit communities.
John Pack, Beaufort County's Emergency Management Coordinator, says there's been a mechanical failure at the Jack's Creek Flood Control. Pack says the mechanical issue is causing the water to go overtop the flood control facility, but says the facility is designed to handle that.
The pumps are still working, but more water than expected is backing up into the streets of Washington. Pack says there are numerous road blocks up, including Fifth Street or US-264. US-17 is also blocked at Fifth and Bridge Streets.
Pack says there have been no evacuations and no reports of flooded homes.