I-40, US 74 back open, US 421 needs work
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some major routes into Wilmington are back open more than a week after Hurricane Florence flooded the region.
During a news conference this afternoon, Gov. Roy Cooper say I-40 is open. It had been covered in flood water as far south as Pender County. The governor also said all of I-95 is back open as of last night. He said those interstates are key to the ongoing recovery from the hurricane and its flooding.
The NCDOT says US 74 is open from I-95 to Wilmington.
But not all the news is good. NC Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said today that US 421 at the New Hanover-Pender county line has significant damage after it flooded. Last week it was one of the few ways in and out of the Wilmington area until water started rising.
State officials still warn to avoid unnecessary driving in many areas of southeastern North Carolina due to continued flooding and damaged roads.