ELIZABETHTOWN — With Hurricane Joaquin finally moving away and the low pressure system that had been drenching Bladen County finally leaving, folks have begun to assess the damage.
“Overall, we did great,” said Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw.
He said there were some trees down and scattered power outages during the weekend, but overall, there were no significant problems.
Kinlaw said there were some roads in the county that were covered in water overnight Friday and into Saturday morning, but that quickly subsided.
According to the National Weather Service website, Elizabethtown received 11.73 inches of rain from midnight Friday, Oct. 2, through 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
In Elizabethtown, Town Manager Eddie Madden said the Brown’s Creek Bike Park and Walking Trail located on East Broad Street is temporarily closed to the public due to damage from the storm.
According to Madden, some areas of the trail are impassible after the flooding from the past weekend.
“For all intents and purposes the trail is closed until repairs are made,” said Madden.
He said there are several locations on the trail where footbridges have been constructed.
“At this point, we haven’t been able to get to these areas to inspect them due to the high water,” said Madden.
The Tory Hole Park boat launch has been temporarily closed due to flooding, as has the William O’ Huske Lock & Dam No. 2 in Elizabethtown.
On Tuesday, the river was spilling into portions of Tory Hole Park and had inundated the parking lot of the Tory Hole Park boat launch. According to the U.S. Geological Survey rain gauge at William O’ Huske Lock & Dam No. 1 located near Riegelwood measured 9.11 inches of rainfall while the USGS rain gauge located at the William O. Huske Lock & Dam No. 3 near Tar Heel measured 5.99 inches of rainfall.
As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service’s briefing on river flooding showed the Cape Fear River near Tar Heel had reached 44 feet with flood stage being at 42 feet. Near Elizabethtown, the river was observed to be at 24.9 feet at 7:45 a.m. and flood stage is 25 feet. At William O. Huske Lock & Dam No. 1 near Riegelwood the river was observed to have reached 20.89 feet at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday and flood stage is 24 feet.
Kinlaw said the county has offered equipment and services to assist neighboring counties and anyone that needs it. As of Wednesday morning, Kinlaw said that no requests had been made for assistance from neighboring areas.
Erin Smith can be reached at 910-862-4163.