Alexander County saw extensive damage to multiple roads due to weekend storms that deluged the area.
Alexander County Emergency Services Director Russell Greene said seven roads will remain closed for the next six to eight weeks due to flooding.
Those roads include Rink Dam Road at Sam Poole Lane, Icard Ridge Road, Bethel Church Road, Dover Church Road, Lambert Fork Road, Duck Creek Road, Blair Road and Herman Road.
Both ends of a bridge on Herman Road just north of Summit Road are damaged, and a section of Rink Dam Road is also washed out near Sam Pool Lane, according to a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) press release.
Greene said a number of private bridges and culverts were damaged and left residents stranded. Emergency management teams and North Carolina BRIDGE program crews are continuing to rescue those stranded.
He added that residential damage was limited, and flooded roads and mudslides made up most of the damage. Alexander County Emergency Services plan to continue assessing damage in the coming days, Greene said.
NCDOT is in the process of assessing damage to over 50 roads in Catawba and Alexander counties from the weekend flooding.
Most of the 46 affected roads in Catawba County are closed due to high water and damaged cross pipes. Bridge inspectors are also assessing damage to structures on Snow Creek and Kool Park Roads, both in Hickory.
Once waters recede, inspectors can assess any damage and recommend repairs, according to a press release from NCDOT.
Drivers who come across a road with barricades should not attempt to drive around or move them, according to a press release from NCDOT. Instead, turn around and seek an alternate route. Updated road closure information is available at www.DriveNC.gov.