Governor Roy Cooper today reminded North Carolinians to avoid flooded roads and be alert for rising rivers even as the sun begins to shine across the state.
“Days after Florence first hit our state, we continue to feel the effects of this massive storm,” Gov. Cooper said. “Even though there is no substantial rain in the forecast and the sun may be shining across many parts of our state, rivers continue to rise and we will see more flooding."
Florence has now claimed the lives of 26 people in North Carolina.
The governor again urged people to:
- Stay off the roads in much of the state, especially south of U.S. 64 and east of Interstate 73/74. Many roads in the state are at risk of floods. Roads that appear safe can wash away in a matter of minutes.
- If you must drive, don’t drive on flooded roads. Just a few inches of water can sweep you away. Don’t drive around barricades. Remember to turn around, don’t drown.
- Be alert for sudden flooding and be prepared to get to higher ground quickly.
- Pay close attention to flash flood warnings and follow local evacuation orders.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, the NC Department of Transportation reported approximately 1,050 road closures – including interstates 95 and 40, numerous highways and other primary routes in North Carolina – due to flooding and debris.
As of 3:00 p.m., more than 301,297 people in North Carolina were without power, and those figures were fluctuating as utility crews worked to restore electricity to customers throughout the state.
As waters start to recede in some areas, people are returning to their homes. Governor Cooper urged people with damage from Florence to seek assistance by reaching out to FEMA.
Anyone with a home damaged by Florence can begin the FEMA registration process by calling 1-800-621-FEMA to register via telephone or by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov to register online.
Outpouring of Support
Since Monday, tractor trailers filled with blankets, food, water, beds, and other emergency supplies have been deployed to coastal counties such as New Hanover and Pender, as well as Anson and Union counties in the Piedmont.
Commodities deployed as of Tuesday morning included:
- 3,350 blankets
- 5,741 cots
- 60,000 sandbags
- 11,524 tarps
- 300 traffic cones
Twelve trailer loads of meals, including more than 193,000 ready-to-eat meals, have been delivered to Bladen, Carteret, Pender, Craven, Sampson and other counties. Another 50 cases of MREs have been delivered to supply the emergency response efforts.
Crews have also delivered 483 pallets of water and 16 trailer loads of water.
“Right now, we must keep our attention on the safety of those still in danger and getting food, water, medicine and supplies into areas that are stranded,” Gov. Cooper said.
Remain Alert for Flooding
While the weather has improved across much of the state, the risk of stray showers and storms remains. This can result in floodwaters continuing to rise above current levels. People should remain vigilant around creeks, rivers and standing water, the governor said.
There are currently 16 rivers at major flood stage across the state – including the Lumber, Cape Fear and Neuse – and three more are expected to peak tomorrow and Thursday. Residents can find about flood conditions in their area using the state’s flood mapping website at fiman.nc.gov.
First responders have reported rescuing and evacuating 2,200 people and almost 600 animals from flooded areas so far, and rescues are ongoing. The governor said state, local and federal teams have been able to get supplies through to many in need, including some communities that are surrounded by water.
More than 15,000 people have sought refuge in 144 shelters, including mega-shelters at Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
2-1-1 Call Line Open 24/7 for People in Need of Help
The statewide information line can provide callers with nearby shelter, housing and other storm-related details. Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162, or text Florence to 898211. The information line is staffed around the clock to connect North Carolinians to storm resources.
The North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund is available for donations to support North Carolina’s response to Hurricane Florence. To donate, visit governor.nc.gov or text FLORENCE to 20222.
For More Information
Download the Ready NC app, visit ncdps.gov/Florence or follow NC Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter.