CRAVEN COUNTY: 20-25 Homes Destroyed In Harlowe

Officials estimate that swells from the Neuse River have destroyed 20 to 25 houses in a Craven County neighborhood.

Harlowe Volunteer Fire Chief Jeremy Brown says 10-foot swells from the Neuse River broke on top of houses as Hurricane Irene stayed over North Carolina for hours. Brown says the number may increase since reports of destruction were stilling coming in Sunday. Some of the destroyed homes had been rebuilt after Isabel in 2003.

The fire department rescued people from three or four houses Saturday, getting help from the National Guard and swift water rescue teams from Hendersonville.

He says most people evacuated before the storm, but others stayed because they didn't think they were in danger.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Hurricane Irene is sending a surge of water through the eastern North Carolina sounds, flooding homes.

Some of the worst flooding happened in New Bern, where the storm pushed water from the Pamlico Sound up the Neuse River and into the city of about 30,000 people.

Several feet of water surged into the city Saturday morning as the eye of Irene passed about 40 miles to the east. Authorities say 60 percent of New Bern is without power.

Craven County Emergency Management Director Stanley Kite says two dozen rescue teams were fighting wind gusts up to 50 mph to check on people possibility trapped by the flooding. He says no injuries have been reported so far.

Sound flooding was also reported in Beaufort, Carteret, and Hyde counties.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

New Bern Mayor Lee Bettis, Jr. has declared a state of emergency in New Bern due to Hurricane Irene.

Public Information Officer Colleen Roberts told Dave Jordan and Lynnette Taylor that residents of Weatherstone Road off Elizabeth Ave. have been evacuated by a bus. Water started entering that complex in the low-lying area. A bus took several residents to the shelter at Ben D. Quinn Elementary.

Roberts also said people in the Woodrow neighborhood, including Oaks and National Rd., have been rescued from homes where water was beginning to come inside. Roberts said one of the families rescued including a mother with two small children.

The New Bern Fire Department and all city crews have ceased operations, because winds have exceeded 45 miles per hour. Staff is going out for emergency water rescues, like the ones at Weatherstone and in the Woodrow area.

There is still room at shelters in New Bern and Craven County. Roberts says about 100 people were at the shelter at Havelock High School earlier this morning, along with 60 people at Ben Quinn Elementary in New Bern.

Colleen Roberts also said part of the roof of the Sea Glass Cafe blew off in the storm. Ceiling fans from the patio were flying into Martin Luther King Blvd. Incidents like that, Roberts said, led to the decision to enact the state of emergency and a curfew.

The curfew means people in New Bern must stay inside. The city says no one is authorized to travel on any public street or roadway unless they are in search of medical or emergency assistance, food or other necessary commodity.

Roberts says barricades are blocking several streets in New Bern, including Front St. and roads around Tryon Palace. Union Point Park is completely overwashed by water from the Neuse River. She added "There's lots of overwash on the Neuse, it looks like the ocean."

The emergency declaration also says no one in the city may take firearms off their property, along with buying, selling, give away, transfer or dispose of firearms, explosives, ammunition or dangerous weapons of any kind.

Likewise, selling of beer, wine, or other intoxicating beverages of any kind are prohibited.

Excepted from this curfew are police personnel, fire personnel, emergency responders, doctors, nurses and other essential public order and public safety personnel.

The City of New Bern is responding to several water rescues, and about 90% of City of New Bern customers are currently without power.

Call 636-4070 for non-emergency rescues and to report power outages and damages in New Bern.

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  • by JBK Location: KY on Aug 29, 2011 at 07:43 PM
    Does anyone know anything about Trent Shores Dr.? We have friends who live there
  • by Marissa Location: Cary, NC on Aug 29, 2011 at 01:56 PM
    Neuse Harbour has a lot of trees down in the neighborhood and the roads in and out were blocked but I am not sure now. My parents live there and reported 12 trees down in their yard alone. No idea about homes directly on the river or flooding yet.
  • by athena Location: Nuese Harbor on Aug 28, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    I own a home in Neuse Harbor. Can anyone tell me the condition of that area? Thanks
  • by Patrick Location: Richardson, TX on Aug 28, 2011 at 06:06 AM
    My Mothter just called from Fairfield Harbor, they are fine, Fairfield Harbor is above the water with a lot of trees down.
  • by Carolyn Location: VA on Aug 28, 2011 at 04:21 AM
    Please post as to the status of Fairfield Harbor. We hope to move there soon. Thank you.
  • by Don Location: Raleigh, NC on Aug 27, 2011 at 10:05 PM
    For those looking for info on Fairfield Harbor, this is what I have. My info is coming from Royal Pines Dr area, near the maintenance shed. Reports I have gotten from my folks in fairfield is that water is working fine, however power and phones are out. Water came up higher than Isabel. The water has pushed back out just as quick as it came up. There are many trees down. I will speak with my folks in the AM and pass on any info I receive.
  • by Judith Location: Raleigh on Aug 27, 2011 at 09:59 PM
    Pls. advise road conditions through New Bern down to Oriental. Need to go down through Goldsboro & Kinston to check on property & boat. Leaving in am. Thanks!
  • by maddiegee Location: new bern on Aug 27, 2011 at 09:58 PM
    Some of you people make me shake my head. Curfew isn't necissary? There are huge trees covering roads, water standing in roads up to your waist. I don't know what kind of cars you peolpe are driving, but normal cars, can't take terain like that. The City of New Bern is trying to do their job cleaning after a storm that has costed many people their cars, homes, and other personal belongings, and they can't do that effectively with unnecissary vehicles on the streets. Stop whinning about your guns, you don't need them out of your home.
  • by Patrick Location: Richardson, TX on Aug 27, 2011 at 07:53 PM
    My parents, Fran and Bob Krapf live in the retirement community Fairfield Harbor. Phones are out so I have not been able to get a hold of them to see if they are ok. Does anyone have information about my parents or atleast the condition of Fairfield Harbor please send me an email or send a comment, thank you.
  • by Suzanne Location: MI on Aug 27, 2011 at 07:36 PM
    Please could s/one post with information about the Brandywine Drive area. I have a friend in Australia who has family there and can't make contact.
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