ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. – A section of Interstate 95 has reopened near the North Carolina-Virginia line after it was closed several hours because of flooding.
Forecasters say at least six inches of rain fell overnight across most of Halifax County, with 11.5 inches of rain reported in Roanoke Rapids. The deluge forced the Roanoke River and other nearby creeks over their banks. One of those creeks sent water over I-95, closing the highway at Exit 173 for about seven hours. Traffic backed up for several miles. The interstate reopened around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
The National Weather Service reports crews had to rescue several people from the flash flood Saturday morning. No injuries or deaths have been reported.
The heavy rain quickly moved out of the area, and the rest of Saturday has been dry.