Kinston prepares for Neuse River to crest higher than Floyd


KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Police officers went door to door in Kinston Wednesday to warn residents of the flooding danger that lies ahead.

The Neuse River is now expected to crest a few inches above where it did during Floyd in 1999, and time is running out to prepare for rising water.

As residents left their homes, business owners were also doing whatever they could to hold off the rising water.

Many of them put sand bags in front of their doors, and some were raising items up off the ground and preparing to leave.

Jeff Davis manages Davis Wholesale Tire Company along Highway 70 on the south side of Kinston, and he’s very concerned about the rising Neuse.

“They’re saying now it may be a little higher than what Floyd was in ’99,” Davis said. “So our concern is water in our building. It did not come in our building in ’99 but a little bit higher, and it could be in here this time.”

Several businesses just across the street from him were already flooded. He said he expects Highway 70 will be shut down, and this will likely be his last day open, maybe for quite some time.

Once the river does crest later this week, it may be late next week before it finally falls below flood stage.

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