Greenville: More evacuations lifted by city


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville city leaders gave an update on the Hurricane Matthew aftermath Saturday morning.

Thanks to receding waters from the Tar River, Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas announced all areas south of the Tar River between First St. and Willow St. are now open.

Those who live in that area can return home starting at noon on Saturday.

This comes after other evacuations for the following areas were lifted Friday: Santree Mobile Home park, areas north of Pactolus Highway, areas north of West Belvoir Rd., Greenfield Terrace neighborhood, areas north of Belvoir Highway, and the Cypress Glen Retirement Community.

Shelters remain open to those who need them.

However, shelters are being moved to allow Pitt County Schools to access any damage to buildings. Starting at noon on Sunday, the following changes will take place: the shelter at E.B. Aycock will move to J.H. Rose High School, the Wellcome Middle School shelter will move to North Pitt High School, and the Hope Middle School shelter will move to Ayden-Grifton High School.

Mayor Allen Thomas warns the river is still dangerous.

“It’s moving very rapidly. The current, and also a lot of debris and material, chemicals, toxins, things we do not know about that are out there, that you could be exposed to. Trust me, you do not want to be exposed to that,” he said.

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