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Flooding makes driving tough in Brunswick County

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- All the rain is wreaking havoc on Brunswick County roads. Gray Bridge Road usually goes over the Shallotte River, but thanks to the rain and flooding the road is now underneath, which forced most drivers to find some way around.

"We can't go this way, where my mother stays down Gray Bridge Road here. We can't go down 130, so I don't know how to even get home," Donnie Turbeville said.

But even a river couldn't stop some drivers from forging ahead.

"Well, I kind of felt a little weird," John Ward said after driving through flood water. "I just took it a little bit at the time until I saw the road. That's the highest I've ever seen the water across the bridge there."

On the other side Julie Patrick was stranded at her flooded home. Her backyard replaced by a pond.

"You can't control what God does," Patrick said. "You know, he kind of does what he wants, and we just go with it."

Meanwhile the home next door looked as though it was built in the middle of a lake, leaving Patrick waiting on edge.

"If it gets too high I will definitely leave, absolutely," she said. "Safety is first."

At a community just up the street, rain washed away the road and kept residents from getting to work.

"We're not able to get our vehicles in or out of the neighborhood," Tammy Branson said. "Our road's washed away in front of the neighborhood. I believe if we could get out we still couldn't go anywhere because of this."

When it couldn't go over the roads, water found a way underneath. On Holden Beach Road, rapids raged below.

"The ground is so saturated that we're scared the whole road is going to give away. It wouldn't take much more to take the whole road out," said Mark Hewett of the Civietown Fire Department. "We advise people to stay home. If you don't have anywhere to go, just please stay at home."

The rain caused whirlpools and waterfalls, detours and delays. But with more rain on the way and high tide still to come everyone was preparing for the worst.

"It's going to get worse before it gets better I believe," Branson said.

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