City leaders: Significant flooding expected along areas of Greenville’s Tar River

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville is already seeing some impacts from Hurricane Matthew.

The Town Commons boat access is known for flooding during heavy rains, and the pier is almost completely underwater.

Some residents were out getting a closer look, and ECU student Aaron Newns said there is a bigger problem associated with flooding.

“It is definitely worrisome because all the drains are getting covered too with debris from like the leaves and all the stuff falling off the trees, so it’s just it’s bad,” Newns said.

Greenville city leaders addressed the public this afternoon with updates on concerned areas for flash flooding.

Mayor Allen Thomas and Fire/Rescue chief Eric Griffin are urging residents to take precautions as Matthew comes towards the Greenville area.

They said they are expecting significant flooding in areas along the Tar River.

“Try to remain at homes as much as possible with limited travel,” said Griffin. “We do have a lot of areas that could see flash flooding throughout the city. We also want to make sure that the road networks are open for our emergency personnel that will still be providing service throughout this storm.”

Areas of significant concern at this time include the following:
• Gum Road
• River Drive, Windham Circle, & Barron Court
• Parking area of First Street Place Apartments
• Riverwalk area and Beech Street Apartments
• Intersection of Heath Street and Reedy Branch Apartments on 10th Street
• Village Green area north of 10th Street
• All areas along Greens Mill Run
• Ashton Woods Apartments
• Avery Street and North Jarvis Street
• Countryside Estates
• Greenfield Terrace

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