Roads washed out in Chowan County, men rescued

CHOWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — A state of emergency ordinance was declared Wednesday afternoon in Chowan County after several roads washed out because of floodwaters.

State officials on Thursday afterrnoon issued a state of emergency for Chowan County, as well as for 10 other counties.

The Chowan County Sheriff’s Office shared photos and video of a water rescue in the county. They say two people were stuck in their car, and their car was carried off of the roadway by the currents.

The sheriff’s office added on Facebook Wednesday:

Neither occupant were able to swim, but thankfully they were both successfully rescued and no one was hurt.
Please continue to use caution and drive safely! spoke with the deputies who rescued the men. Jeff Edwards and John McArthur had a boogie board and a tow rope.

McArthur swam the board out to them and put one man on it then swam back where he, Edwards and a good Samaritan formed a human chain and pulled him in.  Then McArthur went back out for the other victim.

“Oh, they were so thankful; they were really scared, both of them were saying they didn’t want to drown you know wanted to be able to get back home and they were very thankful at the end of everything,” McArthur told

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WAVY viewers shared images and video showing a gaping hole in Tynch Town Road. County officials say water service was interrupted to nearby residents at about 2 a.m. Wednesday. Water service was restored Thursday afternoon and residents were advised to boil their water for all human consumption.

Morristown/Chambers Ferry Road also washed out where the road name changes. Neighbors in this area lost water service around 4 a.m. Wednesday. Water service was restored to these residents late Thursday morning and they received boil water notifications as well.

Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.

The county has declared a state of emergency ordinance to secure resources for those without water. State officials have been made aware of the water shortage as well. The state of emergency ordinance does not impose restrictions on curfew, alcohol, firearms or access.

As much as 10 inches of rain fell on the area. According to officials, strong winds resulted in elevated water levels in the Albemarle Sound, making it difficult for the water to recede.


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