Watch a timelapse of downtown Wilmington flooding at high tide
Two weeks after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, parts of 270 roads remained closed Thursday due to high water or flood damage, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The majority of the closed routes are secondary roads where pipes or pavement have been washed away. In some cases the water is still too high to inspect bridges to determine whether they are safe, said NCDOT spokesman Steve Abbott.
U.S. 421 remains closed at the New Hanover County line, where flooding from the Cape Fear River has washed out the pavement. All other major highways in and out of Wilmington are open, including U.S. 117 at Castle Hayne which was still covered in floodwaters on Wednesday.
Secretary of Transportation Jim Trogdon said Thursday that NCDOT had identified 2,818 sites where roads needed repairs because of the storm. The N.C. Department of Transportation estimates it will cost about $100 million to make repairs, though that number is expected to rise as receding floodwaters reveal additional damage, Trogdon said.
Abbott said the department is still assessing what needs to be done and determining which projects can be carried out by its own employees and which will require outside contractors.
At the peak following the storm, as many as 1,600 roads were closed in North Carolina because of flooding and downed trees. They included stretches of Interstate 40 and Interstate 95 and, for several days, all roads in and out of Wilmington.
For updated information on road conditions, visit DriveNC.gov or dial 511.