Duplin students return to school though some roads impassable


MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. (WNCT) – Students returned to Duplin County schools with a two-hour delay Wednesday even as some roads throughout the county remain completely impassable.

Most parents said they’re glad to have their kids back in school.

“We’ve been all home for over a week so to get back and to be with their friends and to get back into a routine is very important,” said Gail Herring, grandparent of a student.

Poor road conditions throughout the county are making it difficult for parents to get their students to school.
On Highway 403 the pavement over Dick’s Branch Creek is gone because flooding from Matthew caused the ground to collapse underneath it.

NCDOT said it will be a few weeks before repairs can even begin, but that’s not keeping the joy away from students who said they’re glad to be back.

“I missed my teacher a lot, said Camden Cox, first grader. “I really, really wanted to come back because she’s super nice.”

Duplin County Schools urge parents and students to be cautious and only come to school when you can do so safely.

For students who can’t make it into school safely, the county will excuse their absences.

If you’re trying to take 403 to get your child to school, simply take a detour through Calypso.

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