Northampton offices reopen

Published 11:18 am Wednesday, August 31, 2011

JACKSON — Most roads in Northampton County have been reopened following Hurricane Irene.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, all state maintained roads in the county were reported open, except Doolittle Mill Road south of Conway, which was closed due to high water.

According to a press release from the Northampton County Emergency Operations Center, officials anticipate the reopening that road as soon as high water conditions subsided. They estimated the road to perhaps reopen by early evening on Tuesday.  However, as of Wednesday morning, officials could not confirm the reopening of Doolittle Mill Road.

Those traveling roadways in the county are urged to remain cautious as some standing trees weakened by the storm are subject to falling at any time.

Residents are also urged to be mindful of emergency response personnel who continue to identify and remove hazards, and make necessary repairs.

Electric service has restored in many sections of the county but, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, electric utilities reported that approximately 2,500 customers remained without electric service.

Dominion North Carolina Power and Roanoke Electric Membership personnel and their contractors continue to work through extensive system damage to restore power to everyone as soon as possible.

Northampton County Government Offices reopened Wednesday morning.   As of Tuesday evening, electrical services had been restored to all county government facilities and most departments reported communications services were operating properly.

“County officials are grateful for the understanding and patience of county residents and the work of those who have worked steadily to restore these services,” the press release stated.

Those interested in the services provided by the Northampton County Department of Social Services should contact the department with questions or specific program needs at their main line: (252) 534-5811.

Those interested in the services provided by the Northampton County Health Department should contact the department regarding program needs and specialized service schedules at their main line at (252) 534-5841.

The American Red Cross, which has various activities going on in Northeastern North Carolina, can be contacted at 1-800-854-1097.