Ride Along: King Street Bridge opened, washed roads remain

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – From damaged apartments to washed out roads, Lenoir County has a long way to recovery.

After being shut down due to flooding, the King Street Bridge in Lenoir County is now open through Highway 55 and Skinners Bypass. However, there are about 30 other roads still washed out throughout the county, and it could take months for all of them to be fixed.

9OYS rode along with Lenoir County commissioners who were touring flooded areas of Kinston Friday morning.

On Highway 55 West toward Mount Olive, Commissioner J. Mac Daughety said the south end of the county was hit the hardest.

“There are one or two roads that will get you over to the north side of the county, and we are a week after,” Daughety said.

Highway 55 is a major artery for the south end of the county, and it is regularly used by thousands of drivers, including tractor trailers, daily. With a portion of the road blocked off, it means longer response times for emergency personnel.

“We have to detour around,” said Lenoir County Sheriff Ronnie Ingram. “It’s important that you know what block you are on for the dispatcher calls, and if they tell you it’s the 2400 Block, knowing where that cutoff or where the cross street…is very important.”

Sheriff Ingram said no residents should try to go through apartments.

At Heritage Court Apartments, all of the residents belongings were damaged and furniture lay on the side of the street, ready to be hauled off to the landfill.

The trip around the county was supposed to take around an hour, but due to all the detours, it took more than three.

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