Kinston holds community prayer ahead of visit by Gov. McCrory

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Flooding across portions of eastern Carolina is only expected to get worse this weekend as the Neuse River is projected to crest at a historic level in Kinston.

Governor Pat McCrory will make his was to Kinston Thursday afternoon to survey flooding and what’s still to come.

Meanwhile, the city came together earlier in the day for a community prayer. It happened at 10:30 a.m. at Tiffany West Park.

The community prayer and call to action is in response to continued damage and predicted damage from flooding this week from Hurricane Matthew. The Neuse River in Kinston is forecast to crest at 28.9′ on Friday night. That’s higher than previous forecasts and increases the estimated areas of damage.

Local clergy, business owners, community leaders and community residents came together to attend the event.

Mayor BJ Murphy and officials from city and county government also provided an update to the community regarding the latest damage and relief efforts.

The event was organized by Kinston Teens in coordination with Kinston mayor BJ Murphy.

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