Flooding shuts down roads across North Carolina, conditions expected to worsen throughout the day

Posted at 10:50 AM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 17:53:03-04

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - Roads across Pasquotank and Camden Counties are closed because of major flooding.

In Elizabeth City, it's not unusual to see a picnic table submerged in water or a roadway blocked with caution tape.

Edwin Griffin lives on Riverside Ave and Flora St. As he looks at the flooded intersection he said, "the last storm we had, not the hurricane but the storm, we had five cars flooded out that had to be towed away. It always gets deep at this corner."

The National Weather Service Office Wakefield reported that there may be a slight increase in flooding from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Monday due to an increase in the southeast winds.

"The water levels are high and they seem to be increasing slightly over the next 36 hours, but we're hoping the wind will shift around to the west and blow the water out of the Sound," said the City Manager for Elizabeth City, Richard Olson.

Officials said conditions should begin to improve on Tuesday morning as the winds shift more southwesterly.

Margie Sawyer has lived along Riverside Ave for the last 20 years. It's one of many low-lying areas prone to tidal flooding in Elizabeth City.

"The street here is an aggravation for everybody because it's a good thoroughfare, [you know], to get through town."

As of Monday afternoon, city officials said they had no reports of flooded homes.

Residents told News Three that even though they were dealing with a lot of standing water, things could have been worse.

Both Camden County and Elizabeth-Pasquotank Public Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay on Tuesday.

On Monday, Camden County operated on a 2-hour delay, while Elizabeth-Pasquotank Public Schools were closed.

Below is a list of flooded roads/areas in Pasquotank and Camden Counties. This list is not all inclusive, but is only representative of what has been reported to Emergency Management.

Pasquotank County

  • Southern Avenue
  • Fairfax/Rivershore
  • Riverside/Flora
  • Southern/Dawson
  • Riverside/Parkview
  • Weeksville/Sawmill
  • Esclip/Dryridge
  • Nixonton/Point Vista
  • Meadstown/Nixonton
  • Salem Church Rd
  • Glen Cove

Camden County

  • Sailboat Rd
  • S. Mill Dam Rd
  • Valley/Ridge/River Rds (Whitehall Shores)
  • Camden Pointe Shores
  • Salem Church Road by Weeksville School
  • Sawyers Creek Road between Lambs Rd and Sleepy Hollow Rd