Highway 11 in Grifton closed in both directions as creek crests

GRIFTON, N.C. (WNCT) – North Carolina Department of Transportation officials closed all lanes of Highway 11 in Grifton Wednesday morning due to flooding of Contentnea Creek. Pitt County leaders are urging drivers to stay off the roadways if possible.

“Because the Tar River is our main river, it gets a lot of attention,” says Pitt County Commissioner Glen Webb. “The Contentnea Creek that runs through Grifton that’s going to cause the flooding doesn’t feed from the Tar. It feeds from the Neuse River.”

The Neuse River is expected to crest this weekend which means Grifton will likely continue to flood. Webb says this type of flooding can also impact infrastructure.

“It’s not just the bridge,” says Webb. “Bridges are usually a little higher but the land right before and after the bridge is going to be lower. So, if it is over the road it’s under the road. You put yourself at risk for a wash-out. At night, it sneaks up on you so this time of day, I would not try to go across those bridges.”

Pitt County has a curfew in place Tuesday from 7 p.m. to Wednesday at 7 a.m.

For a full list of closures across North Carolina, click here.

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