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Extreme flooding in Hampstead causes sinkhole


HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) -- When it rains, it pours. A flood warning was in effect for Pender County Saturday afternoon that created more than just wet roads.

"I've been here for about 15 years, and I've seen a couple of hurricanes, but I've never seen a hurricane do this much water damage," Hampstead resident Ron Pannesi said.

Flooding caused roads to be closed.

"There might be some people stranded I'd imagine," Hampstead resident Sebatian Martin said.

Cars underwater, houses flooded. Rain so heavy it caused not one, but two sinkholes on Country Club road in Hampstead.

"Just the weather that we were having and with the storms that are coming tonight and throughout the week that within a matter of days this road is going to be gone," Martin said.

The closure of this high traffic location may be long term, and residents are not sure what can be done for this to not happen again.

"It's probably softened up the soil a whole lot, so even if they rebuild a road, it might be one good storm and it's knocked out again," Martin said.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington estimated by radar up to 6.5 inches of rain fell Saturday afternoon alone between Topsail Beach and US 17 in coastal Pender County. Even up to a foot of water was reported in Castle Bay near Hampstead.

"I've never seen it erode like this," Martin said.

With rainfall already several inches above normal for this time of the year, many people are hoping the rain will just end.

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