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Harnett drivers urged to stay home; I-95 detoured at Dunn

Posted October 10

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— With Interstate 95 closed in both directions near Dunn, Harnett County authorities urged drivers to stay home and avoid flooded roads.

I-95 is closed indefinitely and traffic was being rerouted onto U.S. Highway 421 in Dunn to Lillington and onto U.S. Highway 401 from Lillington to Fayetteville. Traffic on surface streets was heavier because of the detour, and, with many traffic lights out of service, law enforcement asked those who were out and about to exercise patience and caution.

I-9 traffic light

More than 15,000 customers were without power in Harnett County Monday, two days after the brunt of Hurricane Matthew swept across eastern North Carolina.

While flooding and power outages were a problem, the water was not so high as to close bridges in Lillington and Erwin over the Cape Fear River. County officials on Monday sought to dispel the rumor that the bridges had closed or would close.

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