GREENVILLE: 26 People Rescued In City

Greenville Fire-Rescue says it rescued 26 people from flooding because of Irene.

Several roads remain closed, and dozens of trees are down--some with power lines stuck in them. The city is urging residents to stay home and let crews have the room they need to make it safe again.

The city says it received around 300 calls for help during the storm, a third of those were for fire, EMS and rescue.

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The Pitt County Sheriff Office's spokeswoman says the Pitt County Courthouse suffered serious damage during Hurricane Irene. Christy Wallace says the damage is to the roof of the courthouse.

Wallace say Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks has authorized patrol deputies and lieutenants to back on the roads. They are currently canvassing the county to look for damage.

Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn says some police, fire-rescue and public works crews have resumed working on the streets, thanks to slightly improved conditions. However, Mayor Dunn is urging residents to stay off the streets.

"As the storm continues, we expect things to get worse with more trees coming down in the winds," Dunn said in a press release. We urge our citizens to continue to stay put, keep off the roads, and don't go near downed power lines. As we always done, make sure you look out for your neighbors."

Now that some crews are back on the streets, Dunn says they will be able to remove trees and power lines as conditions allow.

GUC announced at 2:30 p.m. that crews are heading back out into the field to resume storm restoration activities. Crews from Tennessee are in town, ready to help fan out and restore power. Crews from Alabama are expected to arrive shortly. Fayetteville Public Works Commission will also be releasing crews to assist GUC Sunday.

Here are some notable road reports from Greenville:
-Charles Street is closed due to flooding under the RR tracks near 14th Street
-The road is flooded on E 5th Street from Biltmore to Harding Street
-There is a large tree blocking 5th Street near Pitt Street
-Millbrook and Shawnee Place is flooded
-Evans Street is flooded near Deck Street
-Dickenson Ave is now closed at the railroad crossing East of Moye Blvd.
-The road is flooded at the Swashbuckler on East 14th Street
-Tree down closing road at Maple and E. 10th street
-Tree and power lines down at Dickenson and 14th Street

The following are closed:
· All Recreation and Parks facilities (including Bradford Creek Municipal Golf Course, River Park North, and the Greenville Aquatics and Fitness Center) will remain closed through Sunday.
· All Greenways will be closed until further notice. Anyone caught on the Greenway could be arrested and charged with trespassing.
· GREAT Bus System will be closed Saturday, no buses will run.
· Sheppard Memorial Library - all branches are closed.


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