High water still making travel hard across eastern NC

Roads still flooded in eastern NC

CEDAR CREEK, NC (WBTV) - High water from flooding brought by Hurricane Florence has made travel nearly impossible across parts of North Carolina.

Although some roads reopened by Thursday, yellow and white ‘Road Closed’ signs still dotted rural roads across the state.

Most critically, Interstate 95, the major north-south corridor along the east coast, remained closed from parts of Cumberland County into Robeson County.

That forced drivers into the web of two-lane highways to get around.

A crew from WBTV encountered road block after road block on Thursday, trying to get from Fayetteville, NC to Lumberton, NC. Normally, the drive would take roughly 40 minutes on I-95 but the continued flooding made that nearly impossible.

Elsewhere, roads in Wayne and Johnston counties remained closed, too.

The closures mean residents can’t get to their homes and they pose an additional logistical hurdle to first responders and aid workers, too.

In a statement, the North Carolina State Emergency Response Team reminded motorists that GPS systems should not be used when traveling during these special weather-related situations.

They say under normal conditions, GPS systems are reliable for navigation but are less reliable after a hurricane when conditions are constantly changing. Officials say drivers should avoid completely relying on their GPS as these navigation systems may re-route them to a road that is closed.

“Several roadways in the affected areas are still under water, presenting very dangerous driving conditions. While some routes are starting to open, motorists should avoid travel in flooded areas unless absolutely necessary and should never drive on flooded roads.”
Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol.

Sections of Interstates 95 and 40 remain flooded with multiple closures. Officials say there is currently not a safe, stable or reliable route for the public to use to get to and from Wilmington.

Traffic using I-95 South from Virginia should use U.S. 64 West (Exit 138) to Interstate 540 West to I-40 West to U.S. 321 South to I-85 South. Follow directions in South Carolina to re-access I-95.

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