Aerial Tour: High flood levels in Kinston; PGV runway still underwater

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Dozens of neighborhoods and roads are still underwater in eastern North Carolina, and the view from the sky does not paint a pretty picture of Matthew’s aftermath.

9 On Your Side took to the air to get a top-down view of the flooding across the region.

At the PGV Airport, only a portion of the runway is visible, and flood levels in Kinston are still high, having now surpassed those of Hurricane Floyd.

“When we flew into Kinston we could just see the catastrophic flood damage,” said Travis Graves, lower Neuse River keeper.

The rising Neuse River had a major impact on homes and businesses.

“Business 70 through Kinston, west of Kinston is all underwater,” Graves said.

While water remains high in Kinston, it now seems to be receding in Vanceboro.

“They had a little bit of flooding, where Swift Creek leaves on the east side of town,” Graves said.

Regardless of the area, the impacts of Hurricane Matthew will likely be felt for days, weeks and maybe even months to come in eastern North Carolina.

“It’ll be quite a while until we can get a full assessment of all the damage,” said Graves.

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