Officials urge those who don’t live in flooded areas to stay out

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Emergency management officials in Beaufort County are urging folks who don’t live in flooded areas to stay out.

Not only is the standing water on the roadways a safety risk, but the waves vehicles make as they go through the water can cause even more damage to properties in the area.

Despite warning signs, some drivers continued to drive past them.

“If water is covering the roadway, turn around,” explained John Flemming, Beaufort Co. EMS Dir. “You know the saying, turn around, don’t drown. We don’t know how deep the water is, if the roadway is still intact underneath the water.”

The county is still debating whether to declare flooded areas disaster zones. If that were to happen, it would be illegal to be in those areas unless you live there or are a first responder.

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