Thousands reeling after Hurricane Matthew causes record flooding in eastern part of NC
More than 1,000 people have been rescued in the eastern part of North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew swept through the state over the weekend.
The deadly storm, which spread from the Carribean to the Carolinas, is no longer a hurricane but is still packing a powerful punch with record-breaking flood throughout North Carolina.
Gov. Pat McCrory said in a press release Sunday that there were 700 people in Cumberland County alone that were rescued after the storm, with about 20,000 residents in the area without electric service. As of Monday morning, more than 517,000 are without power in North Carolina.
Hurricane Matthew, now a post-tropical cyclone, is blamed for at least 8 deaths in North Carolina, and 18 across four states. Haiti’s death count is nearly 900.
“As blue skies return to North Carolina, our state is facing major destruction and sadly, loss of life,” Governor McCrory said in a statement issued Sunday. “This is still an extremely dangerous situation for North Carolina as major rivers are expected to flood in the coming days. As we know from the past, most loss of life often comes after the storm. Our National Guard troops, swift water rescue teams and helo-aquatic rescue teams are on the scene performing rescues as we speak.”
Gov. McCrory said there have been 887 swift water rescues since Saturday, using 58 boat crews so far. There have been 562 swift water rescues in Fayetteville alone.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation website released a list of areas expected to endure major flooding:
• Neuse River in Clayton, Smithfield, Goldsboro and Kinston
• Cape Fear River at Fayetteville
• Little River in Cumberland County
• Lumber River near Lumberton
• Tar River in Rocky Mount, Tarboro and Greenville
• Cashie River near Windsor
• Rockfish Creek at Raeford
• Town Creek at Pine Tops
• Stony Creek at Rocky Mount
• Crabtree Creek in Raleigh
• Chowan River in Edenton
Travelers can get more information about road conditions by visiting ReadyNC.org.
The Winston-Salem Fire Department has deployed a four-person water rescue team to Edgecombe County to assist the area after it suffered major flooding during the hurricane, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.