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CUs in Southeast N.C. close in record rains
GREENSBORO, N.C. (10/1/10)--Record rainfalls closed several credit unions in southeast North Carolina early Wednesday and Thursday, according to the North Carolina Credit Union League. No damage was reported through midday Thursday from the credit unions.
Carolina Beach, N.C., residents walk down a flooded street early Thursday morning amid storms that produced a record 20 inches of rain in some areas. The storm forced some credit unions to close early Wednesday and Thursday. (Photo provided by the North Carolina Credit Union League courtesy of the Wilmington Star-News)
The rainfall broke records in Wilmington dating back to Hurricane Floyd 11 years ago, said the league. Wilmington and New Hanover County were in the bull's-eye of the rainfall, receiving more than 20 inches of rain from Sunday through early Thursday (Weekly Update Sept. 30). Most of eastern North Carolina received more than five inches of rain, while many areas near the coast saw more than 10 inches. "For the most part, major roads are OK; however, it's the side roads that are the concern," East Coast CU President/CEO Lisa Pope told the league. East Coast, located in Wilmington, announced it would close at 1 p.m. Thursday. Some credit unions in the area were also closed early Wednesday afternoon during the height of the storm. Schools throughout most of eastern North Carolina also were closed or delayed. Many businesses curtailed their business hours. Even the Battleship USS North Carolina in downtown Wilmington was forced to close by high water levels during high tide Thursday afternoon, the league said. Greensboro, where the league is located, picked up more than four inches of rain. By Thursday afternoon rain began to diminish but a new problem, high winds already at 50 mph, threatened to uproot trees and cause power outages. "It is raining hard now and the wind is really blowing, so who knows what is to come," reported Donna Dash, branch manager of Greenville-based Welcome CU. She told the league that some streets and county roads were flooding throughout Pitt County. The heavy rainfall is expected to end today. Some flooding is expected. Some of the areas hit by the flooding had their driest September on record with drought conditions through August and September--until the rain began to fall Sunday.


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