RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation continues to urge drivers to stay off the roads, as the rain continues and conditions are getting worse by the hour. As of Monday morning, there were hundrds of road closures across the state.
While residents may feel the need to check on homes and vacation properties in southeastern North Carolina, they will likely impede state and local response and recovery.
“The flooding we are seeing in our state is unprecedented and road conditions are changing rapidly,” said state Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon. “If you are not in an evacuation area, stay in place.”
While some areas might reopen some local roads and bridges later today, travel from central to southeastern North Carolina is dangerous and unreliable.
By traveling in potentially hazardous areas, drivers are putting themselves and others at risk and impeding access for critical personnel – emergency services, utilities, road crews – responding to this storm.
GPS navigation systems also are not able to keep up with the changing road closures and are directing people onto roads that are confirmed closed and/or flooded.
Road Status for District 8:
Divisionwide – Secondary routes in low lying areas flooded many impassable at this time. Pipe washouts reported in Montgomery, Richmond, Scotland, Moore, Lee and Hoke at this time.
Randolph, Chatham, Lee– As of this time primary routes open.
Montgomery County – NC 731 closed due to high water Indian Mound
Richmond County – Primary closures – US 74 Bus in Rockingham, US 1 (2 lane portion) from US 74 to SC Line.
Hoke County – Primary Routes passable
Moore County – Portions of NC 22 and NC 24/27 impassable due to flooding (2 lane portions), NC 690 impassable
Scotland County – US 15/501 flooded and impassable in multiple locations between Laurinburg and Aberdeen. US 401 flooded and impassable in multiple locations throughout the county.