Tar River expected to rise over 20 feet by Sunday evening

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Tar River is expected to rise over 20 feet by 11 p.m. Sunday with even higher cresting expected later in the week, according to the National Weather Service and North Carolina Emergency Management.

The two shelters originally opened at Ayden and Wellcome Middle Schools are scheduled to remain open throughout the duration of the event.

To assist in these response efforts, residents within the 100 and 500 year floodplains, residents who live in low-lying areas, and any resident who has general concerns about flood-prone property where they may live, to make preparations to now to leave during the daylight hours tomorrow and seek shelter with family, friends, or in one of the community shelters provided by Pitt County Emergency Management and the Red Cross.

Anyone evacuating to a shelter is asked to bring identification, personal medications and medical supplies with them. It is also recommended that people bring blankets, pillows, non-perishable food items, special dietary foods, extra clothing, toiletry items and important documents before they leave their homes. Additionally, special items for children and infants, such as diapers, formulas and toys, should be brought, along with other items for family members who are elderly or disabled. Illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, weapons and smoking are not allowed in the shelter. Pets are not allowed at general shelters unless they are service animals. For information on sheltering pets, please call Pitt County Animal Services at 252-902-1730.

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