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October's High Waters
Photos From An Unusual Flooding
October 5, 2015
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urricane Joaquin may have skirted east and made no landfall on NC or East Coast shores, but Oriental got flooding anyway. For days, winds out of the north and east have pushed the Pamlico Sound’s waters south into Oriental. Rain in heavy doses also contributes, but it is the winds that – relentlessly – make the waters higher, with little relief in sight for at least another day.

Here are some views of the rising waters, as captured by TownDock.net staffers and readers. First, Monday, when water was 4 feet above normal.

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When the going gets tough, the tough get… Netflixing? Dan Albert kayaked to his mailbox on China Grove Road today so the postal service could pick up his DVD. That likely won’t happen til the water goes down or USPS carriers are issued kayaks. (Photo: Betsy Bailey)
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The picture behind the photo. Jayne Stasser, who is in the background of the first photo, writes, “In my picture, you can see Betsy taking Dan’s picture. Also, the square black rectangle at the water line just above Dan’s head is Will Gainey’s mailbox and is close to the low spot on China Grove Road. That is Ruby and Moses frolicking in the water.”
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The Bean was closed, though Jack dog-paddled toward the porch in futile hopes of snagging a MilkBone. Or maybe he was just seeking his usual spot on Hodges Street.
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Jennifer Smart, a physical therapist at the Village Club had to go to work. Driving in to Oriental from Florence was not an option, given the standing water on the roads. The cycling required some portage. (Photo: Tim Balfour.)
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The high water changes the scene – and elevation of the boat – inside the landmark boat house on Hwy 55 between Stonewall and Merritt.(Photo: Ben Casey.)
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Bill Chaplik returns from his submerged dock after checking on his boat’s lines, bilge pump and batteries A day earlier, his neighbor’s boat had sunk in its slip apparently after shore power was cut off, leaving the bilge pump powerless. (As to his couture, Bill says he wears the PFD when tending to his boat in conditions such as Monday’s.) (Photo: Phyllis Chaplik.)
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A reminder that weatherwise, it i’n‘t’ always a picnic along the shores of the Neuse and tributaries such as Smith Creek. This was the scene at Teach’s Point Monday afternoon. Heather Brewer says the tables have since been secured. (Photo: Heather Brewer.)
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A quarter mile past Teach’s Cove Road, Kershaw Road/Hwy 1005 was most definitively closed to traffic. The Pamlico Sheriff’s Department says a sinkhole formed on Kershaw between Teach’s Cove Road and Kershaw Loop Road. The tile -or pipe/culvert – under the road is said to be completely gone. (Photo: Gary Hughes)
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Posted Monday October 5, 2015 by Melinda Penkava


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