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Neighbors, drivers tired of NC 133 flooding

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Another rain-soaked weekend meant more closures along NC 133 in Brunswick County. It left River Road looking more like a river than a road.

Now drivers and neighbors alike say they have some major concerns.

For the third time in the last month, crews had to block off low-lying areas of NC 133 over the weekend.

Virginia Melvin and her cousin Joann Vaught have lived next to one of those areas for more than 40 years.

"It's getting worse every time it rains," Melvin said.

Brunswick County Emergency Services Deputy Director Scott Garner says it may not look bad when it's not raining, but conditions change quickly.

"As soon as we get a little downfall, it's going to be right back to flooding to the point where it is unpassable," Garner said.

Melvin says that is a big inconvenience.

"You can't go up this way. You have to go around Boiling Spring (Lakes), and sometimes you can't even go through that," she said.

She says her husband cannot go to work when the road is blocked and driving anywhere around the closure takes too long.

"It's not fair," Melvin said. "Nobody is putting gas in our cars for us to have to do that."

Now Vaught has a bigger concern.

"Not being able to get medical assistance if we need it or fire assistance if we had to have it in the proper time. Of course we know we live in a rural area, but every minute counts," Vaught said.

For their family's sake they do not want to see any more road closures.

"It's more than just putting a road block up and saying you cannot go through," Melvin said. "Hey! Let's fix the problem and get rid of the road blocks."

The NCDOT says it is exploring any and every way to fix it. The DOT says any draining system is going to experience problems with large amounts of rain like we've seen lately.

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One would be wise to look to

One would be wise to look to the Orton Plantation geoscaping that has been going on for the last few years. I have traveled this road frequently for the last 16 years, and, though the flooding is traditional in the approximate locations that it occurs now, it has never been evident with the amount of rain that we have had this year. It always has been more associated with 12"-15" downpours in a much shorter period of time.

Actually

After these last 3 weeks I have had +23" of rain at my house. The ground is saturated and with the full moon the tides are extremely high. Ground water levels are very high and you are not going to see much drop in water levels any time soon. Better hope tropical wave 94L doesn't materialize and head our way......

NC 133 Flooding

Have to agree with residents concerns for safety during emergencies...
Also this is one of the major evacuation routes in the event of tropical storms or hurricanes!!

Ray

Anyone who waits until 4" to 6" of rain falls, causing 133 to flood, during a hurricane before evacuating needs to examine their priorities.
With todays warning system giving us at least 2 days notice and hour by hour as the storm nears land I see no reason for ANYONE to be stopped by flooding on this road. If they are then they waited too long....

Vog