Dolph Everett Road, which is located between Sneads Ferry and Holly Ridge across from Summerhouse subdivision, has a section washed away that is approximately 8-feet wide and 12-feet deep. Residents are trapped.
As the sun rises on the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew’s assault on Eastern Carolina, it is becoming clear that flooding and fallen trees are going to be the main concern for officials Sunday morning.
With the worst of the flooding targeting the Richlands and the more inland areas, Sneads Ferry and Camp Lejeune/New River are dealing with major flooding for that region, but minor in the whole picture.
“Most of the flooding was concentrated, surprisingly, more inland than along the coasts like most people would expect,” Public Information Officer Riley Eversull said. “They still have flooding, though.”
Fulchers Road in Sneads Ferry was one of the first roads in the area closed because of Matthew, flooding and forcing it to be barricaded during Matthew’s initial approach to the area.
Nearly 4 inches of rain fell between late Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning, creating the flooding issues throughout Sneads Ferry.
Other areas that were reporting flooding were Oyster’s Landing and businesses along the coast such as Willis Seafood.
Most businesses were closed by early afternoon to prepare for the storm, most planning to reopen Sunday morning.
Trees became a hazard early in the storm, falling through a resident’s sunroom roof early afternoon on Saturday.
As the heavier winds came into the area residents began losing power with about 400 without services waking up Sunday morning. Services are expected to be returned by late morning.
The gusts topped out at 69 mph during the worst part of the storm early Sunday morning.
Camp Lejeune and New River felt similar effects of Hurricane Matthew, hundreds of residents losing power late Saturday night due to high winds.
“We have reports of localized outages with the most significant amount in the Terrawa Terrace area,” Director of Public Affairs Nat Fahy said. “Crews went out at about 6:20 this morning, once it was deemed safe, to start handling those issues.”
Most of the reports base officials are receiving in terms of damages centers around accounts of downed powerlines along major roads.
There is also a report of a large branch through a roof Fahy said.
New River reported roads being partially blocked in a few locations due to downed trees.
No major flooding was reported.
Most MCCS facilities are set to reopen 10 a.m. Sunday after having closed by 4 p.m. Saturday by orders of the commanding general for safety reasons.
The main focus Sunday morning is to restore power to those residents who have been without.
The Sneads Ferry access gate was unavailable for a period of time early Sunday morning after officials of Sneads Ferry closed the bridge due to the dangerous high winds.
No other gates had their operating hours effected by the storm and are expected to remain open and operating as normal.
The forecast for Sunday includes a flash flood warning as well as a tropical storm and hurricane watch.
No new rain is expected to fall today, but winds will remain high remaining at 20-25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph.