BELHAVEN, N.C. (WNCT) –The Town of Belhaven is an area in eastern North Carolina still dealing with washed out roads as of Wednesday morning.
While many roads in eastern North Carolina are starting to see the water recede from roads, the Town of Belhaven still has some roads covered in water.
Water levels are dropping on Main Street and parts of the road are starting to dry up. Still though, some areas are covered in several inches of water.
“We tried to prepare for it but we weren’t prepared for it to get this high,” Belhaven resident Gerald Rieves said.
At its peak, flooding on Main Street was several feet high. But now, it’s down to only a foot or less in some areas. Police say other flooded parts of the town are feeling relief too. East Pantego Street remains under about an inch of water on Wednesday.
“In the last 12 to 24 hours it’s gone from the majority of the streets covered to very few,” Belhaven Police Officer Brad Cumston said.
Main Street remains closed Wednesday afternoon. It’s been shut down for most of the past week. Police hope to reopen the road in the next couple days.
Locals say everyone’s feeling the impact.
“Elderly people in the area, we couldn’t do our Meals on Wheels deliveries, and they’re suffering a little bit,” Rieves said.
Downtown businesses are taking a hit too. They’ve been closed for about a week now. Many are flooded with several inches of water.
“This morning it looks hopeful. And if it doesn’t come back in the afternoon, we’ll be tickled to death,” Rieves said.
Locals hope they can start the road to recovery Wednesday, and so do businesses, who may have some damage to face inside.