Washington residents say flash flooding nothing new, some forced from homes

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Water in Washington was receding Wednesday night, a relief to many in the community that says this constant issue makes any blip on the radar cause for concern.

“I drove my jeep threw it and it came up to like half of my leg,” says Washington resident Jordan Welch.

Heavy rain translated to high water in Washington Wednesday afternoon. Roads were closed in a number of spots because of ponding but residents say this is nothing new.

“It’s like every time it rains it floods back there,” says Welch. “I feel like they need to start cleaning the ditches and draining the ditches more than what they’re doing.”

Some people we spoke with say they had to leave their homes because of water creeping inside. The Red Cross was on hand to help.

“We have quite a few families, looks like 8 to 10 families that are flooded out of their homes,” says Richard Burke with the American Red Cross. “Our goal is make sure that they have a safe place to stay tonight.”

Those families were given money for hotel rooms for the night. Volunteers with the Red Cross say they’re still working to make sure everyone is taken care of.

“It’s a little challenging because people are coming out at different times,” says Burke.

With more rain expected in the East over the next couple of days, residents and the Red Cross say they’re staying on high alert.

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