I-95 reopens in North Carolina 10 days after Hurricane Florence

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LELAND, NC – SEPTEMBER 16: A motorist successfully navigates a flooded road on September 16, 2018 in Leland, North Carolina. Hurricane Florence hit area as a category 1 storm causing widespread damage and flooding across North Carolina. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. — 10 days after Hurricane Florence touched down, Interstate 95 through North Carolina is now reopened to all traffic.

“I-95 is a major artery for North Carolina and the entire East Coast that’s essential for commerce,” Cooper said. “Our state DOT crews and engineers have worked around the clock to get this critical interstate open ahead of schedule and reduce traffic in areas still needed for critical life-saving missions.”

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Sunday night that floodwaters covering the interstate following the Hurricane receded quicker than expected.

While the reopening is a major step Cooper cautioned that travel remains treacherous in portions of southeastern North Carolina.

“Hundreds of roads across our state remain closed, and flooded and damaged roads remain a danger in many areas. Never drive on flooded roads or around road closure barricades,” Gov. Cooper warned. “The barricades are there for a reason. The roads may be unsafe, underwater or in some areas missing.”

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