WINDSOR, N.C. (WNCT) – State Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson saw firsthand the extensive flooding across parts of Bertie and Chowan counties Thursday.
Tennyson, on behalf of Governor Pat McCrory, was in the east to survey the extent of recent flooding and assess damage to area roadways and bridges. Some spots received as much as twelve inches of rain in just the past day.
“Governor McCrory and I urge citizens to be safe. Pay attention to warning signs and avoid areas where roads are flooded,” Tennyson said. “Our transportation crews have already begun to assist local officials by warning motorists and barricading flooded areas. As the waters recede, we will act quickly to make necessary repairs.”
He said the emergency fund is being used to make sure everyone is safe and has food and water.
“We want you to make sure that you are safe; that you are continuing to live in a way that is going to allow everyone to stay safe and get through this,” Tennyson said. “We will do our best to make sure this is as short a time as possible.”
Secretary Tennyson and local transportation staff made stops at several sites, including Tynch Town Road in Chowan County. The culvert carrying a creek under the road was washed out on Wednesday.
It’s expected that water will begin to recede over the next twenty-four hours. After that, crews should be able to draw a better picture of the extent of damage and begin repairs to primary and secondary routes. Photos from the visit are available on the department’s Flickr page.
The department said that Governor McCrory’s 2016 budget provides more flexibility for the state’s road maintenance funding, which allowed for the creation of an Emergency and Storm Response Reserve for use in situations like this.
“We want to let people in the area know that we’re in this together,” continued Tennyson.