BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) – With more rain in the forecast, emergency officials along the coast are closely monitoring the weather.
Since Thursday, some coastal areas have seen in excess of 11 inches of rain. That, along with high tides, have caused flooding in several coastal towns.
Viewers across our region have sent in numerous videos and pictures of flooding damages in the area, specifically in Beaufort.
“This morning Front Street, our business street and residential waterfronts were under water,” said Beaufort Town Manager Charlie Burgess.
Carteret County Emergency Services issued a coastal flood advisory in effect until Tuesday morning, causing many folks to be concerned about how they would get to work or school.
Burgess says the public works team does their best to alleviate any flooding issues the town may have.
“The public works employees will go around during an event and a lot of times as water flows, debris and materials will flow down and clog up the grates, so they’ll ride around and find those areas that are blocked.”
With water going under houses and into homes, blocking streets, and causing delays throughout Carteret County, Burgess says his team can only work so fast.
“No drainage system is really designed to handle this storm water flow,” said Burgess. “And so as a staff and as an organization we have to manage our expectations of what’s going to happen and we appreciate the public’s patience as well.”
But with more rain in the forecast, the town of Beaufort plans to have emergency responders on call throughout the night and into the early morning.
“We’ll have public safety and public works there to block the streets off so that people will know that they’re getting ready to enter an area of high water,” said Burgess.
Officials say high tide should come about 8 or 9 Monday night, but expect that to be the last unusual high tide that would affect flooding.
To keep up to date with the flood advisories and weather conditions in your area make sure to download the First Alert Weather App.