Some normalcy resumes amid boil water advisories and road closures in Lenoir County

Published: Sep. 17, 2018 at 7:44 PM EDT
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Roads are still closed across Lenoir County and helicopters are still flying overhead. However, there are some signs of life before Hurricane Florence as some of the boards come down off businesses.

The umbrellas are put away and the boards are coming off the buildings in downtown Kinston. The celebrity chef restaurant Chef and the Farmer stayed dry and now plans to distribute free food this week.

Chef and the Farmer Executive Chef Luke Owens said, "There's a ton of damage to the area, and we're going to try to do our part to help relieve that... Hosting some sort of our form of maybe a soup kitchen upstairs."

Just two blocks away on the Neuse River, the flooding goes on for miles with highway 11 South closed at Highway 70.

In addition, there's a boil advisory for some in Lenoir County.

The water consumers of the City of Kinston in Lenoir County are experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in a portion of the distribution system due to Hurricane Florence.

The locations affected are customers in Deep Run, as well as along Neuse Road, Casey Road, Cindy Lou Drive, Michael Drive, Kays Path Drive, Caswell Station Road, Gray-Tilghman Road.

Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

Therefore, the City of Kinston advises that when water is restored consumers in these areas, boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water.

Vigorous boiling for one (1) minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water. This office is strongly urging the water consumers to conserve water whenever possible. This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued.