Stay out of flood waters; current can kill you

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT)- Over the past couple days parking lots are now pools and neighborhoods islands. While the water may look inviting officials say going in it shouldn’t even be an option.

Greenville resident Nicole Sidhu said, “I don’t think that that’s a good idea.”

While Greenville resident Josh Smith said, “Probably not as gross as many people think it is.”

As rivers all across Eastern Carolina continue to rise people who live along the water are choosing to enjoy mother nature.

In the past couple days video has caught a number of people paddle boarding, kayaking, and playing in what’s now considered flood water.

There’s more than just bugs. Debris, bottles, and cans are now free flowing through the rivers…

If that doesn’t keep you out Pitt county Health Director Dr. John morrow says the speed of the current should.

“When you look at this water, it often looks like it’s moving very slowly but with the amount of water and the force behind it, it’s extremely dangerous,” Dr. John Morrow said.

According to Dr. Morrow, rivers aren’t as dirty as one would think.

Morrow said, “There’s so much clean water from the rain that the actual contents of the rivers and the streams are diluted.”

For your own good, follow the doctor’s orders. Don’t go in or near the water unless absolutely necessary.

“You don’t know what’s in the river right now at all, because the water is out of control, that’s what a flood means, the water’s not going where it’s supposed to be,” Sidhu said.

Dr. Morrow wants people to know the flood waters won’t give you a disease or make you sick, it’s actually pretty clean. He says the current is extremely fast and that’s what can kill.

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