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In Wilson County flood plain, water blocks roads

Posted April 21, 2015

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— The weekend's heavy rain brought a familiar result along Pelt Road in Stantonsburg. Residents there say the Contentnea Creek has flooded three times this spring, trapping them inside their homes.

"You have to drive through water to get out," said Jerry Wiggs.

His family has lived on Pelt Road for more than 20 years and is accustomed to seeing the roads in the neighborhood turned to a river.

"When we were working, we had to go through water to go to work," he said. "(You) just got to truck through it because you need things."

Water covered nearby N.C. Highway 222 for about a mile Tuesday, but neighbors say the state has done little to relieve the problem. The area is in a flood plain, between the Turner and Ivy swamps in Wilson County.

Jennifer G. Heiss, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said the drain pipes in the area simply can't keep up with heavy downpours.

Residents worry that driving through standing water will lead to a loss of life. Wiggs described a neighbor who recently lost control of his truck.

"He hydroplaned and started floating off, and he tried to get it back on the road and it went in the ditch," Wiggs said.

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  • Al Smith Apr 21, 2015
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    Nice. They've actually written a full article now. I suppose they needed a place holder in case someone else broke the story first?

  • Allen Wood Apr 21, 2015
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    Three people with by-lines, two sentences long, and no one could be bothered to correct the spelling of Contentnea Creek?

  • Trisha Davis Apr 21, 2015
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    And that, everyone who has read it, is called a college education in journalism! And let's not forget professional reporting!

  • Jeff Abbott Apr 21, 2015
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    I'm very intrigued by this story. Talk about leaving the reader hungry, waiting for more.

    Sloane really did her homework on this report.

  • Al Smith Apr 21, 2015
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    3 people are credited on this 2 line story. Amazing work everyone. Just amazing. Don't worry, my comment is just here as proof that someone read this.