Weather causes little damage in R-C

Published 1:47 pm Sunday, November 15, 2009

A nor’easter brought heavy rain and strong wind to the Roanoke-Chowan region – knocking over trees, power lines and causing flooding.

The latter led to a scary moment for at least two motorists in Northampton County.

On Friday morning divers with the Gaston Volunteer Fire Department were called out to Highway 186 after a car was found submerged in water.

Northampton County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Byers said the initial report was in reference to a car in water where a swamp area or creek had flooded the road north of Seaboard near Margrettsville. While crews were at the scene another vehicle was found submerged. and First Media Radio reported the motorists had driven their vehicles into 10 to 12 inches of water.

Byers said the divers searched in the car and around the area, but did not find anything. The North Carolina Highway Patrol is trying to locate the owner of the vehicle. No injuries have been reported

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) closed Highway 186 from mile marker 11-13, near Big John’s Store Road, until 6 p.m. on Friday.

Byers said there was flooding on secondary roads around the county as well.

He warned motorists of driving through water on roadways.

“I’d advise anybody to turn around and find an alternate route,” he said.

Byers added it can be hard to gauge how deep the water is or whether the asphalt underneath has washed away.

In Bertie County, there were a number of incidents reported, but none that were considered major.

Emergency Management Coordinator Rickey Freeman said there was a home in Aulander that was damaged by a falling tree, but no injuries were reported from the incident.

Also, there were several trees down in roadways, but that all had been cleared. Damage was also noted to a barn on the Hoggard Mill Road and to the front window of the Lighthouse Restaurant in Windsor.

Early Station Road from Hexlena to Brick Mill Road was closed as well as Old Mill Road.

Freeman reported only “spotty” power outages in Windsor, Aulander, Lewiston Woodville and on Governor’s Road.

Also, flooding is not expected to be a major problem.

“The Cashie River is expected to crest at six feet, which is two feet below flood stage and should not cause any major problems,” Freeman said.

Hertford County Emergency Management Director Charles Jones said the county was spared any major damage.

“There was some minor flooding,” he said. “There are no reports of any major damage.”

Jones said he was concerned, however, about the Ahoskie Creek which will not crest until Sunday.