NC officials survey flood damage, displaced central NC residents return to homes


AN ALL TIME RECORD FOR THAT RIVER. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH THE WEATHER MOVE ACROSS THE AREA. MORE ON THAT IN JUST A BIT. RUSS? CREWS AND RESIDENTS ARE CLEANING UP THEIR CLEAN UP EFFORT AFTER DEVASTATING FLOODING IN SEVERAL NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES. SPRING LAKE MILL POND DAM BREECHED AND DOZENS OF HOMES WERE EVACUATED. AMY CUTLER IS LIVE JUST DOWN RIVER FROM THAT AREA ALONG THE LOWER LITTLE RIVER. YOU’VE BEEN WATCHING US. GOOD NEWS TO REPORT THIS NOON. CONDITIONS OUT HERE HAVE REALLY IMPROVED. TAKE A LOOK OUT HERE AT THE LOWER RIVER OUT HERE. IT IS STILL HIGH BUT KEEP IN MIND THIS WHOLE AREA WAS SUBMERGED IN WATER JUST YESTERDAY. FURTHER EVIDENCE OF THAT THIS MUDDY GROUND. YOU CAN JUST SEE HOW WET AND MUDDY IT IS. THE MAYOR AS YOU HEARD ALYSSA SAY MENTION THAT THIS RIVER CRESTED AT 31 FEET WHICH IS HIGH BUT AT THIS POINT THE RIVER LEVEL CONTINUES TO GO DOWN. NOW MUCH OF THE CONCERNS SURROUNDING THIS WAS THE MILL POND DAM. THIS MORNING WE GOT A LOOK AT IT AND THE LARGE BREECH PARK OFFICIALS ESTIMATING ABOUT 25 FEET WIDE. FORTUNATELY THE REST OF THE DAM HELD UP. OTHERWISE IT COULD HAVE LED TO FLOODING IN THE OVER HILLS PARK COMMUNITY. AS A RECAUTION THE MAY- -PRECAUTION SAYS THE MAYOR SAYS 15 HOMES WERE EVACUATED AND WENT TO SHELTERS. WE WERE THERE AS THIS FAMILY RETURNED HOME. RELIEF. DEFINITELY RELIEF. DEFINITELY THANKFUL. I DON’T THINK VERY MUCH OF US GOT SLEEP LAST NIGHT WATCHING THE WEATHER CHECKING THE RAIN JUST THANK GOD IT DIDN’T RAIN ANYMORE. GOOD NEWS FOR HER AND HER FAMILY, NOW NONE OF THE HOMES IN THAT AREA WERE DAMAGED BY THESE FLOODWATERS BUT THAT FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY. LIVE IN SPRING LAKE, I’M AMY CUTLER, CBS NORTH CAROLINA. AMY THANK YOU. HOKE COUNTY DEPUTIES SHUT DOWN ROCK FISH ROAD AFTER A MAKESHIFT DAM WOULD NOT HOLD. NEIGHBORS IN THE MCLAUGHLIN LAKE COMMUNITY WORK TOGETHER CREATING A BARRIER WITH TIRE STONES AND A TARP TO KEEP THAT WATER AT BAY. FLOODING IS RECEDING IN HARNETT COUNTY BUT LEAVING DAMAGE IN OTHER AREAS. JUSTIN QUESINBERRY HAS A MESS TODAY AND WHAT’S STILL AHEAD. HARNETT COUNTY ROADS WERE MOST IMPACTED BY THIS WEEK’S STORMS THE HARDEST HIT OF THEM ALL THIS SPOT RIGHT HERE, THOMPSON ROAD. THE STREET COVERING THIS PIPE WAS COMPLETELY WASHED OUT. YOU START TO GET SOFTENING OF IT AND IT ERODES AND AS IT GOES IT UNDER MINES THE ROAD AND IT’S A MATTER OF WASHING IT OVER AND TAKING IT AWAY. NORTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ESTIMATES THIS WILL TAKE $150,000 TO REPAIR. WE’LL HAVE TO HAVE ROCK UNDER THE PIPE TO GIVE IT A FIRMER FOUNDATION COMING UP INSTEAD OF TRYING TO PUT IT INTO MUD WE’LL MAKE SURE WE’VE GOT A PLACE FOR THE PIPE TO PUT IT IN. TENSON TOURED WITH THE LOCAL STAFF. THE GUYS WHO ARE GOING TO GET THIS DONE ARE ON SCENE WORKING HARD TO MAKE SURE WE GET IT DONE. ON NORRINGTON ROAD WATER COMPLETELY COVERED AND FLOWED OVER A SECTION OF THE STREET. OUR CAMERA CAPTURED IMAGES OF STANDING WATER COVERING ONE LANE AND COMPLETELY SURROUNDING THIS HOME AND CHURCH. ONCE ALL ROADS ARE CLEARED THE DOT WILL REASSESS THEM TO SEE IF THERE IS ANY SHOULDER OR PAVEMENT DAMAGE DUE TO EROSION FROM THE WATER. AT THE HEIGHT OF THE FLOODING 50 ROADS IN HARNETT COUNTY HAD HIGH WATER SIGNS POSTED. 20 ROADS WERE CLOSED AND FEWER THAN TEN REMAIN CLOSED. THOMPSON ROAD WILL LIKELY BE CLOSED MORE THAN A MONTH. SECRETARY TENSON ESTIMATES IT WILL BE A COUPLE OF WEEKS BEFORE CONDITIONS DRY OUT ENOUGH TO START WORKING AND THE

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