By WECT Staff | February 19, 2021 at 4:22 PM EST – Updated February 22 at 5:57 AM
PENDER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) – Pender County Emergency Management officials continue to remind motorists to avoid flooded roads after storms and continued rainfall have caused rivers to swell.
“We will continue to monitor roads within Pender County to keep our citizens informed,” Interim Emergency Manager Carson Smith said. “We urge motorists, if they see swift-moving water on the roadways, to turn around, don’t drown.”
The flooding left residents without running water and caused some to use a boat to get to and from their house.
Tonya Cook lives on Juniper lane in Currie and her house is surrounded by water. She says this has happened in the past, but things seem to be getting worse.
“It would come in, be here for a day and go out. Now it comes in and stays and stay and stays and takes longer to come out. We feel like if the river and some of the creeks were cleaned out that maybe it would create the flow and it would flow better and help this get out faster,” said Cook.
Around Cooks house she says there is roughly 6 feet of water.
Smith said currently the following roads are affected by flooding as of noon, Feb. 21:
• Willard Railroad Street at the Bridge of the Pender/Duplin County line
• 2356-3276 block of the Old Maple Hill Rd
• 1600-3700 block Croomsbridge Rd
• All of River Bend Drive
• Riverview Drive along the river
• 485-510 block River Trail
• 0-245 block Rebecca Kennedy Rd
• 500-5100 block Heading Bluff Road
• Patriots Hall Drive past the Ranger Station
• All of Caldonia Creek Rd
• 100-849 block Old Blake House Road
• Old Savanah Road 100 Yards west of Van Eden Rd (Wash Out)
• Juniper Lane at the turn
• Whitestocking Rd near Chorley Drive
• Whitestocking Rd at Mack Williams
• Lower end of Sandy Bend Rd
• Shaw Hwy at creek before Carl Meeks Rd
• 800 block to the end on Carl Meeks Rd
• All of N. & S. Holly Shelter Estate
• 100 block to the end on Patriots Watch
• Lower end of White Tail Lane
• 300 block of Battleground Rd
• NC Hwy 53 at River Bend Drive
“Flooded roadways can make a road surface unstable and drivers may not be aware of dangers beneath the water,” said Smith . “It’s safer to find an alternative route.”
Motorists can find travel alerts and road closures on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s site, www.DriveNC.gov.
Weather forecasts indicate some areas in Pender County will experience river flooding through next weekend.
Pender County Emergency Management will continue to provide updates in road conditions.
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