GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — As the Tar River begins to recede in Greenville, the city is making sure residents remain safe during clean-up. Mayor Allen Thomas addressed the situation before Monday night’s city council meeting, clarifying that the local leaders are focused on the flooding.
Thomas says crews have been in the flooded areas to check on the developing situation.
“An additional area has been cleared today and taken out of the evacuation zones,” says Thomas. “We will continue to do this as we’re able to sign off on areas being cleared of threats and cleared of issues with water or anything having to do with utilities.”
Thomas plans to address the flooding on Wednesday morning when the water is expected to have gone down significantly, but hopes more people can return home by Friday.
“While these properties that have been damaged look like dots on a map, for us, these are names, these are friends, these are families. These are people that we’re going to stay with through this entire process as Greenville and as a community and we’ll move forward,” Mayor Thomas said.
City leaders are starting to get a better idea of damage as water goes down. Emergency management says at least 400 properties are likely heavily damaged.
“Greenville was hit heavy, but areas around this community have been hit even heavier. And not only are we going to work together in this community, we’re going to work across this region to bring everybody back up to speed,” Mayor Thomas said.
Mayor Thomas is asking everyone to come together for a community cleanup day Saturday.
County shelters housed just over 300 people at highest count. Shelters remain open at J.H. Rose, North Pitt, and Ayden-Grifton High Schools.