Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Little RV's Eleven Hour Odyssey Through Post Matthew North Carolina

It's been more than a week since Hurricane Matthew left behind 18 + inches of rain in North Carolina and the horrible flooding continues. We had been stalled in Virginia and Northeast North Carolina waiting for I-95 to reopen. It didn't reopen so we just decided to power through and get south of the flooding so we could continue on our way south for our November 1st reservation in Marathon, Florida. 
Red arrows indicate flooding and detours.

 We were on the road at 9 am but hit our first detour within an hour. The detours were very poorly marked and at times I wasn't sure we were on the right path. I get a little nervous driving something so big on tiny back roads because there are often low underpasses and trees hanging over the roadway. 

Once safely on I-95 South we continued on to our next detour. This one was much worse in that we were moving at 3-5 miles per hour. The local police and National Guard were directing the flow of traffic at all intersections. There wasn't much to see along the way but we eventually made it back onto I-95. 

 At this point we were nearing the Fayetteville and Lumberton, NC areas where the flooding was the worst. We were detoured again but this time it was easy to follow the incredible line of traffic. We just tagged on and slowly made our way through Lumberton.  
Mattresses hauled out of a motel.

Nothing could have prepared us for the awful situation these people continue to endure. Rob snapped a few photos along the way.

 We saw many homes, churches and businesses deep in standing water. 

 In the end it took a total of eleven hours to make the 275 mile drive. It was a long day for us but for the people whose lives have been changed by the storm damage, it's not over yet. 
Entire neighborhoods are under water.

 We finally stopped for the night in just over the North Carolina, South Carolina border. 
Murphy has become a great traveler.

 We continued south the following day and right now we are in Central Florida spending a few days in our second Thousand Trails campground. 

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