Warnings for New Bern residents after widespread flooding

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Emergency Management Services are warning residents in New Bern to take caution when out on roadways.

“Don’t get out if you don’t have to. Stay home, stay safe.”
It’s the advice of many residents and officials.

Kay Frampton, an EOC volunteer and New Bern resident, asks others not to move the barriers blocking off roads that are too flooded to drive through.

“If you come down a road and there’s a barricade, please don’t get out and move the barricade so you can drive through the water.”

Emergency Management Services Director Stanley Kite says people should not be driving in some areas unless absolutely necessary.

“They really need to quantify when they have to be on the road and for what reason they have to be on the road, and don’t be just out sightseeing that’s when most people get in trouble when they’re in areas they’re not familiar with.”

Public Works Director Matt Montaye is warning residents of the high waters.

“Right now were monitoring streets, were closing streets, we’re trying to encourage residents to stay off the streets.”

Front Street, Oaks Road, and mulitple bridges are just some of the closures in the area.
But the rain isn’t the only element to blame for this flooding; much of it is wind.

“That’s whats creating the majority of this flooding,” said Montaye. “It’s not the rain, it’s not the drainage.”

Both residents and emergency services are urging residents to stay away from flooded areas until the water recedes.

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