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Why does Porters Neck Road flood when the ditches next to the road never have water flowing in them?

Rachel Crofut
StarNews

The Porters Neck Road area was reviewed Monday and during last week’s historic flooding event, according to N.C. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo.

Last week’s rain totals exceeded 21 inches and was the second most on record per event since 1870, she said, causing roadway flooding throughout the area.

“There is one location that N.C. DOT will be performing a ditch operation at to help lessen the frequency and duration of the roadway flooding; however, there are other locations that are naturally low areas without a positive outlet until a rim elevation is reached,” Garifo said. “In those areas the water historically collects and either evaporates or infiltrates into the ground and is anticipated to experience periodic flooding.”

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3 Responses to “ Why does Porters Neck Road flood when the ditches next to the road never have water flowing in them?”

  1. On October 7, 2010 at 3:32 pm Karyn wrote:

    I am unclear; is the DOT performing maintenance on Porters Neck Road to alleviate flooding?

  2. On October 8, 2010 at 10:01 am Jim Ware wrote:

    The N.C. DOT spokeswoman says above that ditch work will be done to help alleviate flooding.

  3. On January 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm Joe wrote:

    Still not sure why Porters Neck Road floods with just a few inches of rain. (not just after large rains) There is plenty of elevation drop but the Ditch is not deep enough. Also it would be nice if they had a permenant sign that warned drivers. It is very dangerous at night.