N.C Department of Transportation crews continue repairs to rain-ravaged roads and structures in Catawba, Lincoln, Cleveland and Iredell counties that were flooded from the heavy storm of July 27.
The severe flooding from more than 10 inches of rain closed 26 roads and affected 30 others throughout the four counties. NCDOT's bridge and maintenance units have made significant progress as 12 roads are opened, including N.C. 10 in Newton. Crews repaired the approaches and end bents for the Clark Creek bridge on N.C. 10 and opened it on Wednesday.
Three road closures are already under emergency contracts -- McLin Creek Road in Catawba County, as well as Dan Rhyne Road and Tallent Road in Lincoln County. In addition, NCDOT has contracted engineer services for the design of the Beam Lumber Road bridge in Vale.
Old Farm Road in Catawba County and Boyles Road in Cleveland County will also be under emergency contracts by next week for pipe replacements. In the next week, NCDOT crews will be working to replace pipes at Grace Church Road, Mull Road and Huffman Farm Road in Catawba County
While repairs continue, NCDOT advises motorists to follow posted detour signs and not attempt to drive around barricades. Weather conditions may impact the repair schedule at each location.
Motorists are advised to proceed with caution in areas with standing water. NCDOT urges drivers in the area to watch this video for tips on traveling safely during severe weather.