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Fri September 1, 2006
Ernesto Floods Region
By Catherine M. Welch
Wilmington, NC – Tropical Storm Ernesto plowed through the area late last night flooding roads around the region.
Many of the roads in the northern part of New Hanover County were flooded as Ernesto dumped more than six inches of rain around the region.
In Wilmington, College Road between Oleander and Wrightsville Beach was under a foot of standing water by 11 o'clock last night.
A record-setting eight inches of rain fell in Wilmington last night.
In Brunswick County, officials say much of Highway 17 southbound was nearly impassable by midnight, and Highway 74-76 from Sandy Creek to the Columbus County line was not passable.
The state highway patrol is urging drivers not to try and drive through flooded roads.