Flooding threatens NC

River flooding in North Carolina has residents scrambling to protect homes and businesses.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | June 16, 2006


River flooding in North Carolina has residents scrambling to protect homes and businesses.

Floodwaters - spawned by the remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto - submerged riverside roadways, and emergency teams rescued several people who were stranded in their homes. Pockets of damage were reported in Rocky Mount.

"These are areas that the downstream flooding always occurs when there's heavy rain," said Renee Hoffman, public information officer for North Carolina emergency management. "It happens just with heavy summer rainfall. It's not even major flooding."

The areas experiencing some rivers coming out of their banks were areas flooded during Hurricane Floyd, she added, and the buyouts and elevations put into place then have helped avert damage now.

The Tar River was four feet above flood stage on Friday, and will crest over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The remnants of Alberto dumped eight inches of rain in North Carolina this week, most of it in central and eastern parts of the state.

Meanwhile, the western part of the state experienced a small earthquake overnight, residents reported. A 3.1-magnitude quake - centered near the North Carolina-Tennessee border in Swain County - shook the region.


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