NCDOT crews evaluate Florence damage, begin recovery

    The N.C. Department of Transportation crews, including some from the mountains, have started to assess Hurricane Florence-affected roads. (Image credit: MGN / Cropped Photo: Daniel X. O'Neil / CC BY 2.0)

    The N.C. Department of Transportation crews, including some from the mountains, have started to assess Hurricane Florence-affected roads. But some roads in the southeastern part of the state remain under water, including sections of Interstates 40 and 95.

    As of about 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, about 800 sections of road were closed, with about 750 of those in the eastern half of the state, NCDOT officials said in a news release. Most of the closures are because of flooding or road damage, but some roads are blocked by debris downed when Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach on Friday, Sept. 14.

    In some areas, water has receded and NCDOT crews have been able to inspect roads and bridges. However, in many communities, there is still a wait for water to drain. And other roads may become flooded as some rivers reach flood stage later in the week, the release said.

    NCDOT has deployed more than 100 employees from areas of North Carolina where the damage from Hurricane Florence was not as severe into the state’s hardest hit communities. Road crews in the northeastern part of North Carolina loaded up backhoes and dump trucks to help fix roads in the New Bern area. Teams from Raleigh were dispatched from the southern Triangle counties to the South Carolina border and the Wilmington area. And crews from the mountains made the trek to the coast to help their colleagues repair roads and replace culvert pipes destroyed by Florence.

    Additional personnel and equipment will be deployed as flood waters recede and needs are determined.

    A number of main thoroughfares in southeastern North Carolina remain flooded or blocked by downed debris such as trees and power lines. They include:

    • Greene County – N.C. 58 northbound at the Wilson County line.
    • Jones County – N.C. 41, N.C. 58 in Trenton and U.S. 17 in Pollocksville.
    • Lenoir County – N.C. 11 southbound at Skinner’s Bypass in Kinston.
    • Brunswick County – Sections of N.C. 130, N.C. 133, N.C. 211, N.C. 87, N.C. 904 and N.C. 906.
    • Duplin County – Sections of I-40, N.C. 111, N.C. 24, N.C. 241, N.C. 403, N.C. 41, N.C. 50, N.C. 903 and U.S. 117.
    • New Hanover County – Sections of I-40, N.C. 132, N.C. 133, U.S. 117, U.S. 17, U.S. 421, U.S. 74 and U.S. 76.
    • Pender County – Sections of I-40, N.C. 133, N.C. 210, N.C. 50, N.C. 53, U.S. 117 and U.S. 421.
    • Sampson County – Sections of N.C. 24, N.C. 242, N.C. 411, N.C. 903, U.S. 13 and U.S. 701.
    • Onslow County – Section of U.S. 17 due to pavement washout.

    A number of main roads in the northern coastal region are also impacted, including:

    • Hyde County – N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island remains closed from the Pony Pen north to the Ferry Dock due to protective dune loss and pavement damage; U.S. 264, N.C. 45 and N.C. 94 have sections of flooding but remain open.
    • Tyrrell County – U.S. 64 Business and N.C. 94 have areas of flooding but remain open.
    • Pasquotank County – N.C. 344 has sections with flooding but remains open.
    • Perquimans County – U.S. 17 Business and N.C. 37 experienced some flooding but remain open.
    • Currituck County – N.C. 168 and N.C. 615 have areas of flooding but remain open.

    Main roads impacted in central North Carolina, including closures from flooding, downed trees and powerlines, include:

    • Wayne County – N.C. 55 closed between Seven Springs and Mount Olive due to washouts; U.S.13 west of Overman Road is closed due to flooding; I-795 northbound lanes closed south of the Goldsboro Bypass due to slope failure; and N.C. 111 southbound closed from Neuse River flooding.
    • Wilson County – N.C. 222 closed due to flooding south of Stantonsburg, and U.S. 58 is closed north of Bartie Road near Stantonsburg.
    • Bladen County – U.S. 701, N.C. 41, N.C. 53, N.C. 210, N.C. 211 and N.C. 211 Business closed in sections.
    • Columbus County – U.S. 74, U.S. 74 Business, U.S. 76, U.S. 701 Business, N.C. 87, N.C. 130, N.C. 211, N.C. 904 and N.C. 905 closed in places.
    • Cumberland County – I-95, U.S. 13, U.S. 301, N.C. 24, N.C. 59, N.C. 87, N.C. 210 and N.C. 690.
    • Harnett County – I-95, U.S. 401, N.C. 27, N.C. 82 and N.C. 217 closed in sections.
    • Robeson County – I-74, I-95, U.S. 74, U.S. 301, U.S. 501, N.C. 41, N.C. 71, N.C. 72, N.C. 83, N.C.130, N.C. 211 and N.C. 904 are closed in sections.
    • Chatham County – U.S. 15/501 from Pittsboro to U.S. 1 in Lee County closed due to overtopping of Deep River; U.S. 421 closed due to flooding from the Deep River.
    • Lee County – U.S. 421 closed due to the cresting of the Deep River.
    • Moore County – Portions of N.C. 22 and N.C. 690 are impassable due to flooding.
    • Scotland County – U.S. 401 is impassable in multiple locations throughout the county; U.S. 401 Business in Laurinburg is closed; U.S. 501 is closed due to high water in three locations near the Robeson County line, as well as at the Hoke/Scotland County line due to partial roadway washout at Drowning Creek (headwaters of Lumber River); and U.S. 74 Business is closed in east Laurinburg due to flooding near the approach to a bridge.

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