Stanly County under curfew due to storm

Low water bridge at the Whitley Mill on Old Mill Rd on Saturday, September 15, 2018 | Chris Lentz for the Stanly County Journal

ALBEMARLE — Serious flooding has occurred throughout Stanly County and the county issued a curfew for all residents beginning at 9pm Sunday, Sept. 16, through 6am Monday, Sept. 17. Sheriff George T. Burris announced the curfew in a statement on Sunday afternoon. “Please adhere to this curfew and stay off the roads unless it is an Emergency or work related,” said Burris. “This will be enforced.” Business and work-related travel is exempt from the curfew.

Oakboro Police Chief, T.J. Smith inspecting low water bridges in his area. Smith made his rounds Sunday afternoon. | Chris Lentz for the Stanly County Journal

The N.C. DOT closed all low water bridges throughout the county Sunday afternoon as riverbanks spilled over with rain water falling from the remnants of Hurricane Florence. The same system has wrecked havoc throughout southern N.C. As of 6 pm Sunday, over a dozen roads were closed in the county, including U.S. 52 from N.C. 24/27 to the NE Connector. Downed trees and flooding were the main causes of the closures.