2010: NEW INFO: Flooding, Roads, Rescues, Evacuations, Damage

State officials say most rivers and creeks are now starting to recede and conditions to improve.

However, they remind people some roads are still flooded and to avoid driving in areas with standing water.

State officials also stress several rivers have not yet crested and emergency officials are keeping a close eye on those areas. The Lumber River near Lumberton is close to a major flood stage and is expected to crest tonight. The northeast Cape Fear River near Burgaw remains at moderate to major flood stage and should crest tonight, as well.

State swift water rescue teams, NC National Guard, State Highway Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard teams have rescued more than 250 people from flooded houses and cars since Eastern Carolina received between five and 23 inches of rain.

Four state swift water rescue teams have been working almost around the clock since late Thursday. Most of the rescues were made in Bertie County, but crews also were working in Beaufort, Craven, Hertford and Pender counties.

In the past week, much of Eastern North Carolina has experienced flood levels not seen since Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Initial reports indicate Bertie County sustained the most damage.

Much of the town of Windsor is underwater and expected to remain so for several days. More than 40 residents were evacuated from a Windsor nursing home Friday. In addition, partial evacuations were issued for Bertie, Beaufort, Craven, Duplin and Pender counties to get people in low-lying areas to safety. Four shelters remain open with 35 residents.

Approximately 50 homes and businesses are still without power, down from a peak outage of 70,000 yesterday.

Seven storm-related fatalities have been reported; all were the result of vehicle crashes. Four family members died after their vehicle hydroplaned in Washington County, one fatality was reported in Pamlico County and two more were reported in Dare County.

All interstates remain open, but the N.C. Department of Transportation reports that dozens of roads and bridges remain closed throughout eastern North Carolina. U.S 17 is closed in several locations including south of Windsor in Bertie County, south of Maysville in Jones County and north of Jacksonville in Onslow County. Also, portions of U.S. 158 near Winton and U.S. 13 south of Ahoskie in Hertford County also closed. Several N.C. routes are closed as well, including: NC 133 near Belville, NC 50 east of Wallace, NC 561 near Harrelsville and east of Ahoskie, NC 111 southwest of Jacksonville, NC 172 near Swansboro, NC 50 near Holly Ridge and NC 32 west of Creswell.

Governor Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency late Wednesday in anticipation of flood damages in central and eastern counties. The declaration allowed the governor to mobilize state emergency and protective measures such as the use of the N.C. National Guard, State Highway Patrol, N.C.
Department of Transportation, opening shelters and providing other resources as needed.

Local emergency management crews will conduct initial damage assessments today and tomorrow and submit their estimates to N.C. Emergency Management. Early estimates indicate more than 260 homes and businesses have been flooded. Agricultural damage estimates in Duplin County alone are expected to exceed $1 million.

State and federal damage assessment teams will work with the local crews beginning Tuesday to conduct more thorough damage assessments for all counties impacted by the recent rains and flooding. More definitive damage estimate totals are expected to be completed late next week.

Residents and business owners who have incurred damage from this week’s floods should contact their insurance company.

Uninsured residents and business owners should contact their county emergency management office.


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  • by judy Location: washington nc on Oct 4, 2010 at 08:50 AM
    is the voa road open between washington greenville. is it still under water
  • by first time.. Location: greenville on Oct 3, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    This is my first time reading the comments posted here. While I find the posts highly amusing, they are irrelevant to the cover story with the exception of the first & third comment. Please stop giving the public outside of NC ammunition perpetuating the stereotype that all of "us" southern folk is ignorant. Thanks!
  • by Steve Location: 27889 on Oct 3, 2010 at 05:44 AM
    Hat's off to volenteer rescue personnel in the evacuation of myself and the families displaced by the flooding off Hwy 264 on VOA road. Well planned and organized. Thanks for your efforts and to all the supporting activities in the Washington NC area.
  • by to guess who on Oct 2, 2010 at 03:15 PM
    I don't think you are in any position to correct anyone's spelling and/or grammar.
  • by p Location: 27962 on Oct 2, 2010 at 02:18 PM
    Live video feed of vanceboro flooding http://www.stormjunkie.com/portlight.php
  • by educated Location: NC on Oct 2, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    to guess who, please learn to spell.
  • by concerned citizen Location: Ernul, NC on Oct 2, 2010 at 01:04 PM
    I am very concerned for the residents in and around Vanceboro. I was there just a few minutes ago, and heard that the Swift Creek is still rising. Does anyone know if this is true? Many of these same residents lost everything in Floyd as well. I will continue to pray for all involved. It's amazing what this storm did, there was more water in my area, than Floyd. Thankfully it just doesn't seem to be as widespread as Floyd. Also, one more question??? Has anyone heard if they are gonna open the "flood gates" in Raleigh anytime soon?
  • by Sue Location: Greenville on Oct 2, 2010 at 12:48 PM
    @ guess who: since you're correcting people, what is 'racual issues'? Remember Floyd in 99 when Clinton came to NC to view the damage...reporter from WNCT even had the 'pleasure' (if thats what you call it) to speak with him on camera (he saw a pregnant woman and was 'drawn' to her I guess)...it's ok Barry, stay put in your comfy house...hopefully you'll be moving soon.
  • by guess who Location: nc on Oct 2, 2010 at 11:07 AM
    To the guy who asked where is the commander and chief, it is commander-in-chief. Anyways stop using black and white people as a sunject just stop it. We all are human beings-people can't change the way they think because people like you are still stuck on racual issues. I'm sure the President will react-remember he's the president and human too, not God.
  • by Tom Location: Belhaven on Oct 2, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    Why hasnt our commander and chief made his appearance yet?? Barrack Obama doesnt care about white people (hehe)
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