Ponding water in Elizabeth City beginning to recede

(Photo: Elizabeth City Police Department/Facebook)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — In Elizabeth City, ponding water started to recede throughout the day Sunday.

The downtown area and Okiso Road saw especially heavy flooding, with four feet or more in some spots.

Reports of more than three inches of rain in less than an hour Saturday night prompted a flash flood emergency from the National Weather Service. A total of 10.5 inches fell in Pasquotank and Camden counties through Hurricane Mathew, according to emergency management officials.

Photos: Damage from Hurricane Matthew

Utility crews with Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County and Camden County are out working to provide emergency response. Emergency responders evacuated several area residents.

Wind gusts topped 65 miles per hour, which leveled trees and knocked out power to more than 5,000 customers across the two counties.

Emergency management officials says residents in the Brays Estates subdivision, located north of Elizabeth City, will not have power restored for at least another three days. People living in Brays Estates, as well as residents of the South Mills area in Camden County are being evacuated.

Power lines are down, including in flooded places. Stay away from flood waters because there may be electric current flowing through them.

Follow Pasquotank/Camden/Elizabeth City Emergency Management on Facebook for updates on road and school closures.