McCrory visiting area to give storm update, impact on farmers
BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Pat McCrory says North Carolina was lucky despite all the rain, flooding and other impacts from the past several days, especially compared to our neighbors in South Carolina.
McCrory flew along the coast of Brunswick County this morning to check out the damage before holding a news conference with other leaders at the Brunswick County Emergency Operations Center in Bolivia.
“I’m just thankful we didn’t see houses underwater, people underwater,” McCrory said.
The governor said he was encouraged by the fact that people were already back on the beaches and fisherman were already back to work waving to the helicopter as it flew over. But he says there are still plenty of concerns, including for the state’s farmers. McCrory and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will meet with farmers today in Elizabethtown and Clarkton to discuss the storm’s impacts. The governor said there are reports of crops rotting in the fields and farmers unable to get to them. He said some farmers have lost everything.
McCrory, NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Brian Watts and Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram warned the public about continuing threats of flooding along rivers and creeks as well as continued threats to infrastructure including roads and bridges, which the state will monitor closely. McCrory warned drivers that if they see a road closed sign don’t even think about trying to drive through it.
McCrory and Sprayberry said the state has already offered and sent assistance to South Carolina, which suffered flooding of epic proportions. North Carolina has contributed four Blackhawk helicopters, swift water rescue teams and other resources, they said, and are ready and willing to do more. The governor asked North Carolinians to pray for their neighbors in the south.
Leaders said as bad as things are in both states, it could have been a lot worse had Hurricane Joaquin not turned east after early models forecast a direct hit to the Carolinas.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever rooted for the European Model,” McCrory joked referring to the first forecast model that predicted the eastern turn.