25 Families Stranded After Storm Leaves Massive Gap In Road

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by Audrina Bigos
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IRON STATION, NC- Over 25 families are stranded in Lincoln County after a massive gap formed on the only street in and out of their neighborhood.

"We want to be safe, we want to be able to go in and out. We don't want to have to go down a path across a  creek with an 89-year-old woman who has dementia," said Liz Hudson, an Iron Station resident.

A 20-foot-wide and almost 20-foot-deep hole on Amity Lane has Hudson and dozens of her neighbors stranded. Some neighbors had to pack up, cross a makeshift bridge built by neighbors and look for other places to stay Saturday.

"Everybody here should be entitled to fire and rescue, medical care and we should be allowed to go to a store without having to walk a mile and a half down the road to get to our car," said Debbie Whitley, an Iron Station resident.

Officials say the water levels were an estimated 15 feet higher than normal on Friday night. They say that water pressure caused a rusty drain pipe to collapse and they believe that's what caused the obstruction.

Crews worked Saturday to build  a temporary bridge for residents to move their vehicles to the front half of the neighborhood. But Lincoln County officials tell WCCB that they will not repair or fill the hole because it's a privately owned road.

"The solution will have to include the neighbors because the neighbors are responsible for maintaining the road," said Martha Lide, Lincoln County interim county manager.

"We don't have a lot of money but we pay our taxes so this should be fixed," said Whitley.

As neighbors find alternative ways to get around and brace for more rain, their frustration is building.

"We're at their mercy and they don't care because they can pull out of their driveways and go to the store, but we can't," said Hudson.

Lide says the state will help build a temporary pedestrian bridge either Sunday or Monday, but they will not repair the hole

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