RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency for 11 North Carolina counties due to flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia.
The counties covered by the declaration are Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Pasquotank and Perquimans.
The storm dumped several inches of rain on Eastern North Carolina with officials saying Arrowhead Beach and Corapeake communities received more than 10 inches of rain. Windsor received more than 12 inches of rain in the past 72 hours.
Five swift water rescue teams have rescued 72 people from homes or vehicles in Bertie County. The county is receiving help from swift water rescue teams from Fayetteville and Greensboro.
County officials have requested more swift water teams as support for local first responders as they continue to evacuate people stranded by flooding.
“While recent tropical storms have spared most of the state, the remnants of this storm have overwhelmed many communities in northeastern North Carolina,” said McCrory. “This part of the state has not seen flooding to this extent since Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Our emergency management team is working with our local partners in the hardest hit areas and remains ready to assist North Carolina residents there.”
The State of Emergency will help facilitate the movement of any resources that may be needed help those affected by the storm.
He also issued an executive order that waives certain truck restrictions on weight and hours of service to facilitate quicker storm response.
WAVY contributed to this article.