- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Officials in Fayetteville are still trying to figure out how to get emergency vehicles to a neighborhood left virtually isolated after Hurricane Matthew.

The Fayetteville Observer reported (http://bit.ly/2eihMO1 ) the main road into the Rayconda neighborhood washed away.

That leaves only a private road over an earthen dam as the only entrance to 222 homes.

Emergency management director Scott Bullard says firetrucks about the size of a pickup would probably be able to get into the neighborhood. Bullard says pumpers or ladder trucks are too heavy.

Homeowners’ association president Freddy Rivera says the private road previously has been used mostly by joggers and people on bikes.

Rivera says city officials hope to build a ramp at the main entrance so a firetruck could be brought in and left until needed.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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