Flooding forces Duplin County residents from homes

KENANSVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Many homes and roads are flooded in an out of Duplin County. As a result, the Highway Patrol is shutting down Highway 24 in and out of Kenansville. Residents dealing with flooding are now doing what they can to save whatever they can of their belongings as fast as they can. Along some low lying roads, the water has reached about six feet. The water is even higher in other areas.

“We have a slide on the deck and it’s 8 feet high and there’s a foot of it sticking out so there’s nine feet of water there,” Frankie Sumner, a resident said.

There’s no yard left in front of Sumner’s house now, and he’s not the only one.

Just down the road water levels have forced several people out of their homes.

“It’s very discouraging to know that you have to leave your house and leave everything behind and hope that the water doesn’t get high enough to wash it away,” Amy Kennedy, a resident said. “We hope that it’s not going to get that high. We got the important things out like important paperwork that we knew we would need.”

Local first responders are assisting residents with their efforts to seek higher ground. “Mainly the people around here are being evacuated. If somebody is trying to get in the water or drive in the water because you don’t know if the road’s washed away. You don’t know how fast the water’s running or how deep the water is,” says assistant chief Shane Rhodes of the Beulaville Fire Department. Rhodes is urging residents to stay out of the water if possible.

For anyone needing to stay in a shelter, Beulaville Elementary School is still open.

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