Greenville mayor says no curfew, updates evacuation areas

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said there will be no curfew in Greenville Wednesday night and updated the city’s evacuation zones at a press conference where he gave new details on the city’s plans.

“We’re still looking at an event similar to Hurricane Floyd, but we will work through this,” said Thomas.

In a new map released by the city, Thomas moved the Greenfield Terrace and Hop Tyson neighborhoods from the mandatory evacuation areas to the voluntary evacuation areas.

As far as road closings, Thomas said although the bridge on Memorial Drive will likely be closed at some point during the afternoon or into the night, the bridge near Hastings Ford on 264 should remain “remain open through this entire event.”

Thomas directed anyone who wants to help flooding victims to head to the city of Greenville’s website where they can enter their information and the city will contact them as people are released from shelters.

“We’re going to need your manpower, your water, your supplies…to help people get back on their feet,” Thomas said.

Though the weather appears clear, Thomas said he didn’t want the blue skies to mask the danger to the community and warned residents to stay away from flood water and rapids.

“We’ve had a number of people who could’ve lost their lives,” Thomas said. “We don’t want you to be the first. We don’t want anyone to be the first. “

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