Chowan County road washes out after days of heavy rain

Posted at 1:36 PM, Sep 21, 2016

CHOWAN COUNTY, N.C. - Neighbors along Tynch Town Road in Chowan County, North Carolina woke up Wednesday to discover part of their road had washed away after days of heavy rainfall.

Rosa Bunch and her family live in the home closest to the washout.

"It's a big mess. It's a big, huge mess. We have no water. The water main was messed up," Bunch told News 3's Todd Corillo.

Chowan County Emergency Management officials say many roads within Chowan County and Edenton were impassable Wednesday due to the heavy rainfall.

Crews have been out working to clear storm drains and debris from streets.

"This is the worst we've seen and we've been through hurricanes," Bunch commented.

About 150 Chowan County Water customers are without water due to broken water lines near washed out roads. According to officials, crews are attempting repairs to the water lines, however contractors can't safely access the lines right now to restore water.

The washout on Tynch Town Road caused water service to be interrupted around 2:00 a.m. A washout on Morristown/Chambers Ferry Road impacted water service in that area around 4:00 a.m.

Chowan County declared a State of Emergency Ordinance around Noon to secure resources for water customers in the affected areas.

As such, contractors will begin making repairs once flooding recedes and the area is secured. It is believed those without water could be out for an additional 24 to 48 hours.

Customers in the Tynch Town (Harris Landing to Whites Landing) and Morristown/Chambers Ferry (Rocky Hock Creek Road to Virginia Road) are impacted by the situation. Once repairs are made, boil water notifications are anticipated for those areas.