Water rescues performed in Northampton County

Published 9:43 am Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Some roads in Northampton County remain flooded and impassable while water on others are beginning to recede after nine inches of rain fell across the county on Saturday into early Sunday morning.

Northampton Emergency Management Director Ronnie Storey said one of the hardest hit areas was Severn.

“We had to go in there on New Street with a boat to evacuate some folks,” Storey stated. “Only about four or five chose to get out; the rest said they would stay at home and ride it out.”

Storey emphasized there was not a mandatory evacuation in place, nor did the county open a storm shelter.

“The folks over in Severn who chose to leave their homes were put up overnight at the fellowship hall at Severn Baptist Church,” he said.

There were also isolated incidents of where motorists had to be rescued from the flash flooding that occurred on county roads. Storey said one was on NC 35 at Milwaukee and another was on NC 186 near Garysburg, both Saturday night.

“The rain fell hard and it fell fast, leading to flash flooding on many of our roads,” Storey said.

He added that the rain gauge at his office in Jackson overflowed.

“The National Weather Service office up in Wakefield (VA) is saying we got nine inches of rain in Northampton County. They are still checking on all their electronic rain gauges, so it might be this week before we know exactly how much rain fell across Northampton County,” Storey said.

Storey added that he will be out in the county on Monday assessing the overall damage caused by the hurricane.

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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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