BEAUFORT COUNTY: Boil Water Advisory Lifted

Officials say the boil water advisory for Beaufort County has been lifted.

Officials say it is safe for people to drink the water.

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Beaufort County leaders say water has now restored to customers who live south of the Pamlico River.

The county says there may be some dis-colorization with the water and you should boil all water before human consumption.

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The Beaufort County Emergency Operation Center reports water to the south side of the Pamlico River will resume sometime Monday afternoon.

WITN has learned workers started Monday morning with getting generators on line to start treating water and distributing it customers.

The Interim Beaufort County Manager, Jim Chrisman says there is boil water advisory in effect until further notice. This order does NOT apply to the Town of Aurora or Chocowinity.

Boil water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation.

Water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and cooled before using.


In Beaufort County 2600 customers who live south of the Pamlico River are still without water.

Interim County Manager Jim Chrisman says they have two generators to help get the Southside Treatment Plant get back online.

For now residents can bring containers to the Chocowinity ballfield to get at least two days supply of water for each person in the household.

Chrisman says once water is restored there's a boil water advisory until further notice. This does not apply to residents in the towns of Aurora and Chocowinity.

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Jim Chrisman, interim Beaufort County manager, says there is a boil water advisory for the north side of the Pamlico River in the areas of Sidney, Pamlico Beach, Schrams Beach and all roads south of Pungo Creek and east of Yeatsville Road, Burbage Road, Ransomville and Kelly Road.

Those areas are currently without water right now. When water service is restored, residents should boil water for at least one minute before consuming.

There is also a boil water advisory for Beaufort County water users on the south side of the river. Customers who are on the town of Chocowinity's water system do not have to boil their water.

Chrisman reported at 10:15 a.m. Sunday that most of the county remained without power.

Residents can go to the town of Chocowinity ball field and fill up containers. Officials recommend that residents on the south side of the river fill at least two days worth of containers. They don't know if that means water will be off that long, but just as a precaution.

Crews have gone to Aurora and back, but there was limited travel to that area early this morning.

Chrisman confirms extensive storm surge flooding in Aurora and other areas. A lot of secondary roads are still blocked. Chrisman reports the majority of flooding has receded.

There are still two shelters open in Beaufort County, at P.S. Jones Middle School and Washington High School.

The City of Washington has been able to restore some power.

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The water has gone down along the river in Beaufort County in many areas, but some folks are still dealing with flooding.

Photos taken in the River Acres community along River Road showed the scene earlier this afternoon. By 5 p.m., that water was nearly gone.
River flooding went down in many spots as quickly as it came up.

At one point, the river was approximately two feet below the top of the boat lift, you couldn't see the pier and the water is also over the bulkhead.

Power is out in much of Washington and many places in Beaufort County.

There are reports of possible flooding and wind damage at Bath Elementary School as well as other structures flooded in Bath, but emergency officials say those reports are not confirmed. As soon as DOT certifies the roads okay, they will go out to evaluate.

There is also flooding in Belhaven and Aurora, according to Beaufort County officials.

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  • by Anon Location: Washington on Sep 3, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    Has the water been shut off for parts of BC again? I am in Washington and we have been without water since this morning. Of course I try calling the water company and can't get anyone because it's not during "office hours". How about letting us know when something like this is going to happen. What is going on?
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      by Anon on Sep 4, 2011 at 07:33 AM in reply to Anon
      Well my water came back on yesterday, but there are these brown particles in it. What is this? Are you going to put us under a boil water advisory again? It doesn't look like I want to use the water.
  • by Concerned Location: Kelly Road on Sep 3, 2011 at 01:54 AM
    This article only speaks about people south of the river, but I thought I heard that from the Kelly Road and over to Pamlico Beach was under a boil water advisory. What about those people?
  • by But???? Location: Here on Sep 2, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    You say the water boil advisory is over; but there were still parts of the county w/o water, period. Do they have it back yet?
  • by Anon Location: Washington on Sep 1, 2011 at 09:14 AM
    Is BC still under a boil water advisory?
  • by Hmm Location: cotton patch on Aug 29, 2011 at 07:06 PM
    I live on cotton patch road in chocowinity. Water has been restored to residents all around me. My house does not have water yet.
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      by But???? on Sep 2, 2011 at 10:00 AM in reply to Hmm
      Are you anywhere near Moore's Beach Rd? Last I heard, that area doesn't have water either.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 at 06:38 PM
    Good, my old spice was running low.
  • by Pete on Aug 29, 2011 at 05:01 PM
    Just heard from friends at OPBR and am on the road with suplies Wed AM.
  • by betty lott Location: pamlico beach on Aug 29, 2011 at 01:03 PM
    All of us down her at Pamlico beach have lost everything .We have people living here with no lace to live,no food and we cant get any help.My dad is here .his house has been destroyed bc of this home has been destroyed bc of water damage .We need fem to step in and help and electricity .I have alot of family and friends there who has lost everything we need help here.please if u know of anyone who can help we would appreciwt thank u
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      by Pete on Aug 29, 2011 at 04:19 PM in reply to betty lott
      I just talked to some friends and am waiting to hear what is needed. Plan to pack truck up w/ food and water. Arrive in next 48hrs.
  • by Marie Location: Murfreesboro on Aug 29, 2011 at 12:36 PM
    Does anyone know how Twin Lakes Campground is, can you get down Whitchard's Beach Road?
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      by christal on Aug 30, 2011 at 06:26 PM in reply to Marie
      Marie, I just went there Monday. @ tree's are are hanging across the road on Whichards Beach rd making it impossible to get a camper in or out. Campers left on site is said to have a foot of water that went n them. # people were out there gutting there's. Many trees are down on Paradise Island. Many boats are off there trailers and pushed through out the center of the park. One is trying to go over the railing into the canal. Summer Days was the boat. I don't foresee anyone carrying there campers back anytime soon. No power and some sites with the trees down will need tree removal before getting back on. ! camper had a tree on it. The camp ground for what I heard had waist deep water with 3 ft waves in it. Camp store had 5 ft water in it.
  • by Steve Location: Chocowinity on Aug 29, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    Jim, the storm was Saturday and you are just now getting generators in place???? Can we all come take a shower at your place? "Interim County Manager Jim Chrisman says they have two generators to help get the Southside Treatment Plant get back online. Right now he doesn't have a timeline on when the water will be restored."

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