Hurricane Matthew sends snakes, rodents in search of shelter
Posted 4:06 p.m. Tuesday
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Flood waters from Hurricane Matthew not only drove hundreds of families from their homes in the Cape Fear region. They also forced insects, rodents and snakes from their natural surroundings as well.
The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2dlwfcG) the unprecedented water has led to a march of biting and stinging creatures across the area. Justin Jackson of Stedman said his attempt to save his wife's decorations from flood waters resulted in an encounter with fire ants.
In addition, rats that were chased from flooding basements have begun looking for new homes, and that means snakes flooded from their holes were looking for the rats.
Daniel Ortiz of the Cumberland County Department of Public Health says mosquitoes are also a potential problem because of standing water, which can be a breeding ground.
Information from: The Fayetteville Observer