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Governor McCrory Asks Motorists to Use Caution

Raleigh - Governor Pat McCrory today asked motorists to continue driving cautiously on the state's roads.

"The sun is out, but many roads are still flooded. Please use caution when driving," said Governor McCrory.

The governor noted that rising waters caused one fatality early Sunday afternoon on U.S. 70 west of Kinston in the community of Falling Creek.

Many routes remain impassable in a number of areas, including Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Johnston, Brunswick and New Hanover counties. It may be Monday or even later in the week before crews from the N.C. Department of Transportation are able to assess the damage to every road.

Transportation crews have also noticed that some motorists have removed signs and barricades in order to drive on flooded roads.

"If you have to travel, do not drive through standing water, no matter what type of vehicle you drive," said Drew Cox, district engineer for Bladen and Columbus counties. "Do not cross barricades, and follow marked detours."

The department has also sent IMAP trucks from Johnston, Wake and Durham counties to help stranded motorists on I-95 outside Fayetteville. The trucks will dispense enough gas to help the drivers get to a gas station.

Motorists need to remember that flooded roads are hazardous. Turn around. don't drown.

***NCDOT***

2/19/2018 7:47 AM

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