EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Officials in Emerald Isle reported flooding on Reed Drive between East and West Sea View drives on Wednesday.
Much of the flooding was due to the amount of rainfall the area has received over the past few days. Roadways and yards throughout the town were reporting flooding. Officials said drivers should not attempt to drive on any flooded roadways across the area.
The town’s Public Works Department was working Wednesday to reduce the flooding.
“Whenever you do see water or a sign that indicates that you should turn around, for everyone’s safety, not just you, as the driver or the passengers but keep in mind those who would have to help get you out. For everyone’s safety, please just turn around,” Emerald Isle Town Manager Matt Zapp said.
Zapp said there have been around 6-8 roads over the last few days that have been closed due to flooding. As of 4 p.m., only one road, East Reed Drive, was closed due to flooding. Zapp said the road was scheduled to have repairs made to it.
In the past 24 hours, Zapp said Emerald Isle has received greater than five inches of rain, which will likely go up to about seven inches within the next few hours if there is more rain. In the past 72 hours, he said Emerald Isle has received around eight inches of rain, which will likely go up to about 10 or 12 inches within the next few hours if there is more rain.
Thus far, there have been no reports of stranded motorists. A few homeowners in the community have reached out informing them that their lawns and storage areas have had some flooding already. Zapp encourages people to move their personal belongings to higher ground, in the case their home has flooding.
Emerald Isle has worked on a stormwater study over the past two years. Using that data, the town has applied it to available FEMA funds to mitigate and improve their stormwater system to move rainwater to higher ground.
Zapp encourages community members to report areas of flooding to add to their stormwater study.