Widespread flooding led to multiple water rescues, including the rescue of a 63-year-old woman who clung to a tree for three hours in the dark. The storm dumped between 9 and 13 inches of rain, causing massive road and street closures throughout the city and county.
Emergency personnel also assisted people evacuating homes in troubled areas Saturday and Sunday.
ROADS, STREETS AND HIGHWAYS
More than 50 streets, roads and highways were closed throughout the county and city Sunday due to flooding, including
"There are flooded roads all over
"The road is flooded and portions of the bridge have washed away," Agner said. "The dam is still intact, but water has overrun the dam. The city's contract structural engineer will evaluate bridge conditions throughout the city later today (Sunday)."
The NCDOT also closed
"Water is not flowing over the bridge, but the bridge was closed as a safety precaution," Agner said. "The sudden flow of water from the compromised dam at
Agner said water is still rising in many areas. And major crossings will continue to get worse. Officials are urging residents to stay at home, especially at night.
Deno said people were driving around barricades and cones Sunday getting into trouble.
"When you see barricades and cones, don't go through them," he said.
Deno said when vehicles drive through water and areas that are blocked off and then get stuck, it diverts resources from actual emergencies. He said it's vital people turn around and don't drive through flooded areas.
Fewer than 700 Wilson Energy customers lost power during the height of the storm. City crews worked throughout Saturday into the night and Sunday. Fewer than 30 customers were without power Sunday.
Wilson police and
"The assessment also helps us document the seriousness of the situation to
County officials will also be assessing damage in the coming the days as well.
RESCUE ON DOWNING STREET
At one point on Saturday, there were more than two dozen vehicles stuck between two flooded areas on
"We got the resources here around
Officials were also able to rescue a 63-year-old woman whose car was swept away on
Deno said the
"The first mission we sent them on, they helped save a life," he said.
Deno said Wilson County EMS, Wilson police,
'I WAS PRAYING'
Many of the same areas and properties that flooded during Hurricane Floyd in
On Sunday afternoon,
"I was here for Floyd, and she wasn't," Bulluck said as she and her daughter looked on at the high water. Bulluck said while Hurricane Floyd was worse than Hurricane Matthew here, she was still shocked.
"I'm still surprised," Felicia said. "I did not know it would be this much water."
Sarah said when heard about flooding in the area, she thought it might be the type that's just above the ankles.
"I didn't know it was going to be waist-deep," she said.
The two also headed over to Bill's earlier Sunday.
"I had to take so many pictures," the 16-year-old said.
Bulluck said she attended a Saturday wedding at
"I was praying," she said. "I tried to take Airport. I tried to take
Hurricane Matthew caused historic and prolonged flooding throughout eastern and central
Despite Hurricane Matthew's departure, there will still be dangerous situations for
"As we know from the past, most loss of life often comes after the storm," Gov.
McCrory also requested an expedited major disaster declaration, which will provide additional and immediate federal assistance to the state. Officials said, if approved, it will provide grants to assist people without proper insurance and help state and local government officials repair bridges and roads and clean up storm debris. About 300
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