Some in Lenoir County compared the floods they saw after Tropical Storm Ana to what they experienced when Hurricane Floyd hit.
Portions of Barnett Lane in Kinston were completely washed out after heavy rains led to flooding. People who have lived there for decades said the only other time it was that bad was after Hurricane Floyd.
The road was impassable, meaning some couldn’t make it to school or work. Caroline Hardison, a Lenoir County Schools bus driver, was one who couldn’t get past the flood waters.
“Subs are hard to find now so it just creates a trick down effect, down fall,” Hardison said.
For kids who live on Barnett Lane, the floods meant no school on Monday. However, for homeowners, the floods will cost them in more ways than one, as repairs on the privately owned road fall on them.
Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail said even those stranded by the floods will still be able to receive emergency help, it just may take longer.
Dail said the ambulances follow protocols to determine whether or not backup is needed if they encounter a flooded road.
“If they can see the road, it’s okay, you know from an ambulance stand point because it’s higher up, it’s heavier,” Dail said. “But if they cannot see the road, then what we just do is dispatch the fire department with a boat.”
Those who live along the road don’t know when they will be able to cross over the it, but are hopeful it is sooner rather than later.