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Emergency management officials are reminding Nash County residents to avoid flooded roads, especially during and after heavy rainfall like the area experienced Monday and Tuesday.
“Most flood deaths occur in vehicles,” said Brent Fisher, assistant director of fire, rescue and emergency management for Nash County Emergency Services.
Workers rescued an elderly couple in distress on Seven Paths Road near Spring Hope on Wednesday morning, said Chief Deputy Brandon Medina of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.
Floodwater swept the couple’s vehicle off the road and carried it into the woods. After the man and woman were rescued, water eventually covered their car.
=“A huge thank you goes out to Lt. T. Smith, Sgt. B. Heath and Deputy T. Antunez for rescuing the couple safely and a shoutout as well to Nash County Communications, Spring Hope Fire Department and Momeyer Fire Rescue,” Medina posted on the sheriff’s office social media pages.
Spring Hope Fire Chief Travis Green said Station 6 units along with units from the Momeyer Fire & Rescue Department responded to the incident.
“As floodwaters continue to rise, it’s imperative that you not drive through any amount of water on the roads,” Green said. “Just inches of water can sweep your vehicle away or the roadway may be washed out under the floodwater.”
Across Nash County on Wednesday, emergency workers were dealing with storm and flood damage. A bridge on Edwards Road in Castalia was completely washed out. A tree fell across Pine Street in Bailey, causing road closures.
Nashville was under several feet of water from the Sheetz to Hardee’s. Firefighters rescued a motorist whose vehicle hydroplaned off of the road and overturned into standing water. The driver had attempted to cross the road through rushing floodwater. First responders arrived to find the vehicle on its side mostly submerged in water with the driver standing on top of the car.
The National Weather Service in Raleigh issued a flood warning for Nash County lasting until Wednesday afternoon, but warned conditions could last much longer.
“Heavy rain has ended across the area and flash flooding is no longer a threat. However, high water remains on several roads, especially in low areas and near creeks,” the weather advisory stated.
County officials reported that many roads remained closed or impassable Wednesday and urge motorists to heed any remaining road closures.
The hardest hit areas include Nashville, Rocky Mount and Lousiburg. The flood warning also included parts of Franklin, Warren, Vance and Grainville counties.