City of Wilmington Cut Off by Hurricane Florence Floods

Wilmington, North Carolina, population 114,000, has been cut off by Hurricane Florence floods.



By Chuck Burton and Martha Waggoner

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Damage from Hurricane Florence left a North Carolina city popular with tourists cut off Sunday from road access, leaving authorities planning how to get food and water there by air and water.

Officials from New Hanover County and Wilmington said Sunday that additional rainfall Saturday night caused more problems for the area. State Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said one of his top priorities was determining how to restore ground access to the area.

“Our roads are flooded,” Woody White, chairman of the county Board of Commissioners, said Sunday at a news conference. “There is no access to Wilmington.”

The major highways into the area, Interstate 40 and U.S. 74, were not accessible, officials said.