If you live in Sampson County, there’s not much use in trying to go anywhere. You won’t get far.

As of Sunday morning, more than 31 roads were washed out, 83 incidents of high water had been reported and there were 131 reports of trees blocking roads.

“A lot of those will get resolved by our volunteer fire departments,” said Susan Holder, assistant county manager/public information officer.

Eleven shelters are open and housing 1,498 people, and county staffers are considering consolidation to get the best use of their resources, but no changes have been announced yet.

No storm-related injuries or casualties have been reported, but 11 people were rescued during four successful operations.

Swift water rescue teams from Oakland and Sacramento, California, are assisting with rescue efforts in Sampson County, and the National Guard is assisting with high-water rescue.

About 50 percent of residents (22,204) are without power as crews from Duke Power, South River EMC and Four County EMC continue to work.

Holder urged residents to stay off the roads and out of the way of rescue teams, law enforcement and linemen.

Major roads in Sampson County that have been declared impassable include N.C. 24 from Clinton to Roseboro; U.S. 421 near Star Telephone; U.S. 421 South at Taylor’s Bridge Fire Dept.; U.S. 13 near the Cumberland-Sampson County line and N.C. 24 from Clinton to Turkey.

Smaller roads in the county that have become impassable are too numerous to list. Seven major road road closures are official.

No crop reports have been released yet to determine the agricultural damage sustained.

“It’s still a little early for that,” Holder said. “Not being able to get to the farms is the biggest issue for livestock and poultry.”

County Offices will be closed Monday to ensure safety, but Holder would like to assure everyone that the staff is working diligently.

“We have 540 employees and every one of them is engaged in disaster response,” she said.

“We ask that people be patient. We are working.”

Staff writer Monica Holland can be reached at mholland@fayobserver.com or 486-3518.