Bridge to be built where two Smithfield children were swept away by flood waters

Posted October 11, 2020 7:23 a.m. EDT
Updated October 11, 2020 7:28 a.m. EDT

— North Carolina Department of Transportation Officials have plans to build a bridge on Galilee Road near Smithfield, where two children died after being swept away by floodwaters in August.

The bridge will allow water from nearby to pass underneath and prevent flash flooding.

The $1 million project will begin at Christmas, and the bridge will open sometime in March.

Up to 8 inches of rain was reported Monday night in that area, prompting numerous water rescues in Johnston County.

The children’s mother, who was driving the car, called 911 around 11:30 p.m. Monday when her car was swept into a creek off Galilee Road, which runs near the Neuse River, near West Smithfield Elementary School.

The mother of the two children was rescued by officials.

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