State of Emergency lifted for 11 northeastern counties

- Governor McCrory Tuesday rescinded the State of Emergency declaration effective midnight tonight for 11 counties in northeastern North Carolina.

The governor also said damage assessment teams will begin surveying flood-ravaged areas of Bertie County tomorrow. On September 22, the governor made the emergency declaration after the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia dumped between 10 and 17 inches of rain across much of the area within a 72-hour period.

“We have seen firsthand the devastating impacts on the residents, businesses and agricultural interests in Bertie County and the surrounding community,” said Governor McCrory in a written statement, released on Tuesday. “As I pledged during my visit, we will continue to work with our federal, state and local partners to assess the damage, provide resources and help with recovery efforts throughout the entire region.”

The state deployed swift water rescue teams to help people stranded in floodwaters. A total of 138 people were rescued from homes and vehicles in the Bertie County area, including 61 residents and staff from a nursing home in Windsor. Three primary routes were closed — U.S. 17 Business in Windsor, U.S. 13 north of Windsor and N.C. 45 in Hertford County — along with numerous secondary roads. Schools were closed or delayed in numerous northeastern counties during peak flooding and one shelter was opened in Bertie County to house stranded residents.

Click HERE to view the notice of termination of Executive Orders 103 and 104.

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