North Carolina Road Closures, And The Number Is Growing

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 Sunday morning, there were more than 600 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.

To get an idea on road conditions, which are rapidly changing, go to DriveNC.gov.

 

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