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DOT: Stay home; roads will get worse

Posted on: 09.16.2018 at 02:01 p.m.

“People need to stay home.”

That’s the advice DOT’s Drew Cox gives motorists who are thinking about taking a drive.

“We are still in the emergency phase,” Cox said. “We had to cease operations in all five counties (in District 6) last night because conditions were so bad. We had a crew here that got cut off by rising waters and had to be taken out with heavy equipment.”

Cox said Sunday morning that U.S. 74-76 east of Whiteville has been closed. There are flooded areas just east of Hallsboro and at Livingston Creek near Delco. Getting to Wilmington is impossible, with N.C. 87 and other potential routes closed to flooding, he said.

The road through White Marsh is impassable.

U.S. 74 west of Whiteville is open, but Cox said he expects the highway will close at Boardman tonight or Monday since flooding is expected to exceed Matthew’s. Eastbound traffic is being stopped at U.S. 701 at Whiteville.

Flooding has closed I-95 in North Carolina.

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