NCDOT crews busy responding to Hurricane Florence cleanup effort
RALEIGH, NC – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast.
From behind the scenes at the Statewide Transportation Operations Center where staff are working hard to keep North Carolinians informed and safe, to crews in the field assessing and repairing our infrastructure, thousands of NCDOT employees are working around the clock responding to Hurricane Florence’s aftermath which left more than a thousand road closures around the state.
The storm left roads looking like rivers as sections of both Interstate 40 and 95 are still closed until water recedes and crews can assess damage. Wilmington was particularly hard hit and was inaccessible by land for several days.
Unlike the storm, crews are moving swiftly to clear the way for emergency personnel and to get transportation access restored for those living in and traveling through the state. Thousands of people from agencies across the state and nation have been part of this coordinated team effort to respond to Hurricane Florence, from swift water rescue teams, law enforcement, utilities companies, the North Carolina National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, the ferry system, local and state emergency management officials and many more.
“We know that you can’t get to places that are on the other side of the water but we are doing everything can to get it clear where we can, and we are exercising patience and waiting for that water to go down and then we are making sure we maintain good land contact to our crews to keep them resupplied and refueled,” said Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon.
As the emergency response continues from the air, land and sea, the department needs your help. Keep roads clear for emergency personnel. Do not ever drive around barriers or road closed signs which are there to keep people safe.
And know that NCDOT is doing everything possible to get North Carolina back on her feet.