Greenville, Pitt Co. emergency responders prepping for worst as Tar River approaches crest

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Pitt County leaders have their eyes on the Tar River.

Emergency responders are preparing for the worst. And that’s expected Thursday when the river crests.

Most recent levels show the river around 24 feet, a foot lower than where it’s expected to crest.

Emergency management officials met earlier in the day to give an update on preparations.

Nearly 20 National Guardsmen are assisting in the county as are several swift water rescue teams from across the state.

Greenville and Pitt County leaders continue to stress the seriousness of the situation.

“We saw some very tragic things. We saw some properties, many properties we lost that may not be able to come back,” said Greenville mayor Allen Thomas.

“Regardless of whether we have information of  a road outage or not, if you’re on the road, be extremely careful because again, you’re driving down the road and the road looks fine but we’re not quite sure what might be transpiring under that road in terms of potential washouts, cave-ins,” explained Allen Everette, Dir. Pitt County Emergency Mgmt.

259 people stayed in shelters at 5 Pitt County schools Thursday night.

School leaders are working with the Red Cross to figure out when kids can go back to school. Schools will be able to reopen even as shelters are still running.

The Tar River is expected to stay above major flood levels for several more days. That’s when county and city leaders will move from preparedness and response mode to recovery mode.

A lot of people have been asking how they can help. We’ve got information on that for you here.

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