Greenville residents evacuate as water rises

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville remained in a State of Emergency Monday evening as the Tar River is expected to flood into many residential areas.

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for parts of the city, and Mayor Allen Thomas is urging residents in those areas to leave immediately.

“Law enforcement (is) going through with loud speakers through the neighborhoods,” said Thomas. “Knocking on doors. Talking to neighbors. And then transitioning people out of areas that we can’t get to you.”

The areas under a mandatory evacuation are residences north of the Tar River and south of Belvoir Road, including as far east as Bradford Creek, and residences south of the Tar River that are north of First Street between Pitt Street and Brownlea Drive and the Riverwalk and Dockside neighborhoods.

Many people in those impacted areas are packing up their belongings and leaving their homes.

Off Willow and Stancill Drive near the Tar River the water is already starting to come up onto the road.

Residents said they heard about evacuations and were planning on leaving, but some didn’t have a place to put their belongings.

A group of volunteers saw Anita Vanbeveren needed help and found her a storage unit for free.

“They asked if we needed help, and I’m like well no because I don’t want nobody getting hurt,” said Vanbeveran. “(But) they convinced me and now they’re moving everything out.”

Several volunteers from F-3 and Covenant Church spent all morning packing up her belongings, so she didn’t have to start over once the water recedes.

They filled an entire truck, leaving nothing in the house.

The water is expected to come up through the area when the Tar River crests.

The house is not far from the river and it close to where the water is already.

City leaders want to be clear, residents who live in a mandatory evacuation zone must leave.

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