Oct 17, 2016
As residents and higher education institutions in eastern North Carolina continue to cope with the devastation of Hurricane Matthew, IACLEAs thoughts and support are with you. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory reported 19 confirmed fatalities in North Carolina, due to flooding caused by last weekends hurricane. As of last night 143,000 remain without power, the Governors Office reported. The ongoing flooding is expected to continue this week.
Law enforcement and first responders face daunting challenges as they search for people stranded by the flooding. More than 2,300 people have been rescued since the flooding began in North Carolina, including 100 by air crews.
As of this morning, sections of I-95 from Lumberton to Fayetteville remain closed due to flooding and a seven-mile stretch of I-40 near Newton Grove is closed.
Local officials have issued several mandatory evacuations in Kinston, Greenville, Princeville, in parts of Moore County near the Woodlake Dam area and in various parts of Lenoir County.
Higher education institutions in the affected area have cancelled classes due to the flooding.
IACLEA supports our colleges and universities and their campus public safety departments as they assist their communities during this crisis.
Gwen Fitzgerald, Director of Communications
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