October 1st, 2010
07:55 AM ET

Hundreds of roads closed in North Carolina

North Carolina is reeling this morning from the stormy weather. In some places, it's never rained this hard or this much. In Jacksonville, North Carolina located in Onslow county a family of four was killed because of the flooding.There have been five deaths in the state.

Patty McQuillan, communications officer for the North Carolina department of crime control and public safely spoke with CNN's American Morning on the latest updates in North Carolina:

Patty McQuillan: That's right. Yes, the car overturned and three people initially drown. There were two twins and one later died in the hospital. And there's one twin that is alive. A little 3-year-old boy.

Christine Romans: Oh, no. So it was a family with small children in the car. You can imagine how difficult that is to try to get - oh, that's just tragic. Also, a fatality there.

McQuillan: Yes, a 51-year-old man was - well, the highway patrol got the call about 4:00 in the afternoon that there was a vehicle submerged in water. So he probably was swept off the road.

John Roberts: It's so tragic when people - people don't understand that the water pools on the roadways, and the second your car hits that, you completely lose control. We also have some reports, Patty, of entire neighborhoods under water, places like Swansboro.

McQuillan: Well, there are hundreds of roads closed, and people being evacuated from subdivisions and trailer parks. All in all, about 150 people evacuated.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Erin Moody

    I am pretty sure that those people died in Washington County, NC, not Onslow County. The two counties aren't even adjacent. I live in that general area.

    October 1, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Nofets

      Unless you have a city, then it doesn't matter. Jacksonville is located in Onslow. I live in the general area.

      October 1, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. President Jefferson Davis

    After seeing several floods since Katrina and the Chocolate City it is apparent that decent lawabiding citizens live in the rest of the country. Know what I mean?Wink!Wink!

    October 1, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • U.S. Grant

      Right, because white people never steal. Idiot. I live in the area and you people are the laughing stock of the country for a reason – you wear your fear and ignorance on your sleeves. Congrats!

      October 1, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Gulfport

      InapproprIate and ignorant.

      October 1, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. merecat

    Still makes you wonder why people insist on thinking that they can drive through these waters and get swept away.. Stay out of the WATER on roads.. Tragically young children get killed along with their parents that disregard the warnings again and again.

    October 1, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. jason carlo

    I hope of people of north Carolina stay safe and protect there family live. These tragic time should bring people closer together for help and safety. God bless the soul of those who were lost in this tragic time.

    October 1, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. dj

    My heart goes out to the families n friends of those who are affected by this tragidy. Young DRIVERS, and older, stay off the roads. You are not invincible or special in anyway that would give u an advantage over anybody else who attempts driving thru flood waters or even walking thru deep fast current moving flood waters. 2yrs ago, my 16yr old and 9yr old granddaughter were swept off the road from flood waters that rose quickly from a creek crossing a road on their way to school. We thank God that he was big n strong n kicked out the rear window n got his sister into the bed of the truck which was nose down where a sinkhole developed. He then got out to test the depth n if he could swim bk to the bank to a tree branch. It was still dark n they were headed to school. He swam it 1st to see if he could make it with her. went bk n put her on his back n swam a 2nd time to the branch n got her in the tree then surveyed a path to get them thru the waters to the bank of the creek. They made it safely as his whole 4×4 Chevy truck submerged quickly. It was dangerous to do what he did, but he was brave n said a word of prayer 1st for God to get them to solid ground. Without his quick thinking, they would've drowned. we had a happy ending but I can relate to the shock setting in as family members hear the news of their lost loved ones n trying to comprehend it. In our case, nobody had yet reported water washing the road out n there were no signs up to warn of high water or road closed. It was dark n he was driving slowly cause of the heavy rain. He couldn't see that the Hwy had washed out. Maybe these people didn't see it either n were there signs up? Maybe they were trying to get out of the path of the flood n going to a shelter. Don't blame the parents for caring about their children until u know what their story was. Give those remaining behind some support n sympathy for their lose. Educate yourself, others, and especially Your Young Drivers n other Young Drivers how quickly it can become dangerous n is dangerous. dj

    October 1, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. geez

    so sad people really need to heed warnings.

    October 1, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |