Lanvale Road reopens in Leland following partial closure due to wash out

Lanvale Road reopens in Leland following partial closure due to wash out
Published: May. 22, 2023 at 5:41 AM EDT|Updated: May. 22, 2023 at 10:10 AM EDT
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LELAND, N.C. (WECT) - Lanvale Road is now reopened in Leland after a portion was previously closed due to a weather-related washout, according to the town.

Crews in Leland have spent Monday clearing out debris after nearly seven inches of rain poured over the town Friday, closing roads and leaving cars underwater.

“A lot of times we get heavy rains with hurricanes and other storms,” said Leland Public Services Director Robert Miller. “But we had all that rain in about four to six hours, which doesn’t allow it to infiltrate in the ground. Whereas with a lot of our hurricanes, you have it over a longer period that gives you the rainwater time to pass through the ground and not do the runoff that we had.”

Miller says crews will try to make sure the town’s drainage systems are ready for the next storm.

“We have a routine maintenance program. We go out and perform inspections on all of our stormwater systems and then following those inspections, anything that needs to be cleaned up, we provide work orders for that and our crews are out constantly monitoring, maintaining,” he said.

According to the Leland Police Department, the portion of Lanvale Road was previously closed between Grandiflora Drive and Orchard Loop Road on Saturday, May 20.