RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency for 11 northeastern North Carolina counties due to flooding from the rainy remnants of Julia.
Counties covered include Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Pasquotank and Perquimans.
“While recent tropical storms have spared most of the state, the remnants of this storm have overwhelmed many communities in northeastern North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. “This part of the state has not seen flooding to this extent since Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Our emergency management team is working with our local partners in the hardest hit areas and remains ready to assist North Carolina residents there.”
Reports from the National Weather Service indicate rainfall amounts of between five and nine inches across eastern North Carolina. The Arrowhead Beach and Corapeake communities have seen more than 10 inches of rain. Windsor has gotten more than 12 inches of rain in the past 72 hours.
The governor declared the state of emergency to help move any resources needed to respond and recover from the storm. McCrory also issued an executive order that waives certain truck restrictions on weight and hours of serve to help speed up storm response.
The state deployed five swift water rescue teams to help people stranded in flood waters. As of Thursday morning, 65 people have been rescued from homes and vehicles in the Bertie County area. An emergency shelter is open at Bertie County High School, according to the Red Cross.
It housed about 20 people overnight.
A Greenville-based medical evacuation bus is on its way to Bertie to help evacuate a nursing home with 52 residents.
State Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson toured parts of Bertie and Chowan counties Thursday to survey the damage. Several major roads because flood waters have made them impassible. Those roads include U.S. 13 in Windsor, N.C. 32 in Edenton and N.C. 37 in Gatesville.
Latest reports indicate that waters are still rising and may peak later this afternoon. The Cashie River has reached record levels and nearly 60 homes are reported to have water inside them.