McCrory tours Fayetteville’s damage, says worst may be to come

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Pat McCrory toured several areas Monday in Fayetteville that experienced devastating flooding following Hurricane Matthew.

Waters tore apart the parking lot of a church on Gillespie Street.
See more photos of Matthew and its aftermath

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While surveying the damage, McCrory said at least $12 million in federal funds would help North Carolina recover.

McCrory said more damage related to the storm could be ahead. He urged residents to be safe.

“Don’t do anything foolish to put self or family in harm’s way or first responders in harm’s way,” McCrory said.

At least 11 people are confirmed dead in North Carolina in Matthew’s aftermath.

Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson joined the governor in thanking first responders.

Mattock Memorial AME Zion Church on Gillespie Street in downtown Fayetteville sustained heavy water damage after several inches of water entered the building.

“It’s very hurtful and unimaginable to see conditions like this in church,” said church member Maretha White Lewis.

Lafayette Park on Monday. (Nate Rodgers/CBS North Carolina)
Lafayette Park on Monday. (Nate Rodgers/CBS North Carolina)

Directly across the street from Mattock, a massive sink hole opened in another church’s parking lot.

On the other side of downtown, Lafayette park suffered bad damage as flood waters rushed through the area.

“There are a lot of people hurting right now in this region,” McCrory said.

Business owner Bobby Swilley said flooding destroyed his office of more than 30 years.

“We’re not the kind of people asking for handouts. Do need help, don’t need delays,” Swilley said.

Meanwhile many trees remain down throughout the county.

McCrory said his biggest concern is now helping those without flood insurance.

“A lot of them are not in flood plains. Why would they have insurance?” McCrory said.

Cumberland County officials said two of four people missing after the storm are now accounted for.

The Fayetteville Police Department said Boris Abbey, 43, is missing following Matthew. Abbey was last seen in the area of Morganton Road and Westlake Apartments around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Christy Woods, 45, was last seen in the area of the 1900 block of Ireland Drive Sunday just after noon. Police said Woods disappearance may not be related to the storm.

Crews are working to reconnect two neighborhoods cutoff after Hurricane Matthew washed out roadways.

Roads leading to King’s Grant and Rayconda subdivisions collapsed in flood waters.

City engineers said alternate routes have been identified to assist residents eventually return home.

Cottage Way will be extended to connect with Shawcroft Road, allowing access to Kings Grant.

Rayconda residents will use an extended Pinewood Terrace for access to Raeford Road.

The alternate route into Rayconda will be permanent once complete, officials said.

Construction on those alternate routes is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

I-95 is closed northbound and southbound near exit 65 due to a possible dam breach, according to Fayetteville officials.

U.S. Route 301 is also closed in the same area and NCDOT is asking travelers to take U.S. Route 401 from Lillington to Fayetteville.

The following is a list of roads in Fayetteville:

  • Greenock/Paisley
  • Yadkin/Lake Valley
  • Bingham/Tiree
  • Old Bunce/Baden Lake
  • Tar Kiln Dr
  • Shaw Cross/Ramsey
  • Morganton/Cliffdale
  • 1800 Block of Berridale
  • Clinton Rd/Lockstrail
  • Murchison/Washington
  • Shaw Mill near Ridge

The following dams have been breached:

  • Wilson Lake
  • Watson Lake
  • Vernon Estates at Governor’s Lane
  • Herndon Pond at Yarborough Road
  • Earl Smith Pond at Fire Department Road
  • Aaron Lakes
  • Rhodes Pond
  • Smith Lake

Headquarters Library at 300 Maiden Lane will be closed all week due to flood damage.

City and County governments are closed Monday during business hours, except for essential personnel.

City residents are asked to bring storm debris to the curb and place regular yard waste in city containers. Trash collection will be on regular service.

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