Recent heavy rains bring about flooding concerns in SE NC

Published: Jul. 30, 2018 at 11:56 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2018 at 1:01 PM EDT
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SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - It's a valid concern; with more than double the average rain for the month of July, backyards, roadways and rivers are filling with water.  This is thanks in part of an upper-level trough west of the Cape Fear Region, and a Bermuda high, funneling in rich, tropical moisture.

The wet weather pattern expected to continue for the next several days. Which could put many in a situation where life or property could very well be jeopardized.

The high water levels have already led to a Flood Advisory in Pender County for the Cape Fear River at Burgaw. The National Weather service has issued a Flood Advisory for the Northeast Cape Fear River at Burgaw. As of Monday morning, the river stage was at 7.9 feet. Advisory stage is 8 feet, and the river is forecast to crest Friday at 8.6 feet. This will lead to low level flooding impacts for parts of River Bend Road and River Birch Road.

Wilmington International Airport recorded a total of 1.98" Sunday. An average late July day averages rain totals around a quarter inch.
The past ten days have recorded more than ten inches of rain. The first day of which, produced a record 3.82 inches for the day (July 20). For the month, that total is closer to 15 inches, and for the year just shy of 55 inches.

When encountering standing water or flooded roads, remember the old adage, "Turn around, don't drown!" Not driving through standing water is one of the easiest things you can do to keep you and your car safe. Avoiding floodwaters, in general, can keep you safe for personal injury, especially moving water from a flooded river or stream, poor visibility can cause injury, and standing water can harbor bacteria and a habitat for flying insects.

Valuable or water sensitive items should be moved to higher ground, especially if you have a basement or first-floor area that sits near or below ground level. Place these items in a high and dry place. It's a good idea to remove or dry any electrical wires, especially outdoor electronics you may have lighting your house, or providing other outdoor decoration. Wires that may be frayed could also be susceptible to the moisture and short-circuit or electrify water.

With rain forecast for the next few days, parts of southeastern North Carolina could add another one to two inches of rain, which may lead to additional low-level flooding. Make sure you and your belongings are safe from the hazards of high water.

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