Excessive Rains Cause Widespread Problems

Heavy rains caused major problems Thursday across Johnston County.  Areas along the I-95 corridor, including Smithfield, Selma, Pine Level and Micro, received some of the heaviest rains.

Water rescue teams from Selma, Smithfield and Micro worked for several hours to move people to higher ground at the Redwood Apartments in Selma.

There were numerous motor vehicle accidents reported.

Interstate 95 was closed near Micro due to flooding.  The DOT closed the northbound lanes from Exit 97 in Selma to Exit 107 in Kenly and diverted traffic onto Highway 301, causing major traffic delays.

The National Weather Service says 3 to 10 inches of rain fell across the region. It will take a while for all the floodwaters to recede.  Creeks, rivers and streams will still run high for the next several days.

Excessive rains are also being blamed for sewage spills in Four Oaks, Selma and Clayton.