Storm clouds dumped heavy rain on Halifax and Nash Counties Saturday morning flooding dozens of homes and businesses in Roanoke Rapids and causing some road closures.
Local officials said they'd measured nearly a foot of rain since 4 a.m. The deluge forced the Roanoke River and other nearby creeks over their banks.
The National Weather Service reports crews had to rescue several people from the flash flood Saturday morning. No injuries or deaths have been reported.
Both lanes of Interstate 95 at Exit 173 were shut down due to the flooding, but reopened just before 3:30 p.m.
Sam Powell Dairy Road is also flooded and closed near Highway 48.
Residents are asked to stay home as waters continue to rise. Halifax County remains under a Flash Flood Warning. Officials warned drivers not to attempt to get through standing water where the road was not clearly visible.
Most of Roanoke Rapids was flooded including Smith Church Road near Halifax Regional Medical Center, and Massey Funeral Home on Jackson Street and 9th Street. A sinkhole formed on Hamilton and 2nd Streets.
Officials opened an emergency shelter at TJ Davis Recreation Center Saturday, but the shelter closed at 4:30 p.m. The Halifax County Damage Assessment Team will be out Sunday documenting any damage in Roanoke Rapids.
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