Moore County man allowed past road closures to save his 4 dogs

MOORE COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN) — On Tuesday Moore county officials said a hole in a dam had grown to massive proportions and it could be a catastrophe if the dam failed and people didn’t evacuate.

Road closures throughout Moore County — because of the possibility of the dam breaching — meant many people couldn’t get home.

Bill Nunn was one of them. Nunn was forced to evacuate his home earlier in the week.

“I had to be boated out,” he said.

Because he had to leave so fast, he left a lot behind. Nunn was waiting on a sheriff to escort him to his home to get medicine and other supplies.

“I’m running out of daylight and I need to get down there,” he said.

Patrick Brock also was forced to evacuate from his house fast.

“Grabbed the wife and kids, loaded up the truck, and we just left,” he said.

However, in racing out of his house, he left behind his family’s four dogs. Brock was waiting to see if officials manning the road closure would let him back to his house.

“If I don’t get to go, I understand,” he said.

Brock was permitted to drive past the road closure on the condition he returned right away.

CBS North Carolina rode with Brock as he passed the road closures.

Driving past the boundaries, the effects left behind from Hurricane Matthew days ago were visible, with one neighborhood still completely flooded.

Brock says he worked his whole life in fire rescue and law enforcement and was prepared to break the bad news to his family about not being allowed to get the dogs.

“Not expecting it (being allowed to pass the road closure) in the least, but I’m glad that I can. I’ve got two kids worried to death about their pets,” Brock said.

When Brock finally got to his house, the dogs were just as excited to see Brock as he was to get them home and one wasn’t able to walk out on its own.

Three-week-old “Pumpkin Spice” was put in the crate with its mom, while Brock drove back to higher ground.

“My suggestion, if you’re buying property, if it’s got river in the name don’t buy it,” he said.

Crews said they would continue to man the road closures throughout the night by working 12 hour shifts.

Moore County officials say despite mandatory evacuations, at least 78 people refused to leave their homes.