Lenoir Co., Kinston officials: Flooding could surpass Hurricane Floyd levels

Lenoir County is preparing for flooding that officials said could surpass the flooding seen during Hurricane Floyd.

“We are projecting that our river will be around 23 feet on Tuesday,” said Roger Dail, Lenoir County Emergency Management director. “Then we’re going to hit 27.7 feet, which is Floyd, on Thursday.”

In Lenoir County, emergency personnel have already responded to more than 150 rescue calls over the last 24 hours, and there are 225 people in the shelters at Lenoir Community College.

As Lenoir County and Kinston leaders make efforts to prepare for the flooding, residents have been doing the same.

“The only thing I know to do is go ahead and get gas while you can and get the food you need cause it’s not going to be out here long,” said Cameron Humfrey, who lives in Kinston. “It’s going to be a mess, and we’re going to need hands to help.”

By Friday at 8 p.m., officials said the Neuse River is expected to crest at 30 feet. Dail said they have been working to determine where the water will go.

“If you look at the map on my left in the blue, all the blue sections that is where we are forecasting the river to go,” said Dail. “Everything in the red are structures…that will have water in them.”

While no evacuations have been issued yet, Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy urges residents to use their best judgement.

“We certainly want to make sure you take each of every single warning that we have,” said Murphy. Because this is very serious, and we want to treat it as such.”


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