Hurricane Ophelia’s slow assault on North Carolina has resulted in a number of flooded and closed roadways throughout the state.
As of 11 p.m. Friday morning, Sept. 16, Ophelia had left the coast and returned to sea, weakening to a tropical storm – but not before dousing parts of North Carolina with as much as 18 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.
According to Lisa Crist Crawley, public information officer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, numerous major and secondary roadways are flooded in Brunswick County, including:
- North Carolina Highway 133 on Oak Island;
- North Carolina Highway 211 near Bolivia;
- North Carolina Highway 130;
- North Carolina Highway 904; and
- North Carolina Highway 87.
Flooding, roadway debris and downed power lines have also caused flooding on secondary roads in New Hanover, Carteret, Pamlico and Pender Counties.
Crawley said there was ocean overwash North Carolina Highway 12 on Hatteras Island and Ocracoke, but crews expected to have the road cleared by late Friday morning.
Even if flooded roadways appear to be safe, Crawley said, drivers should not use them if they are under any water.
“We are certainly urging motorists not to drive through flooded roads, even if there’s not that much water on the roadway,” Crawley said. “You don’t always know the condition of the roadway underneath. So definitely play it safe and use caution out there along our coastal areas.”
– By Aaron Ladage, staff writer