Lenoir Co. officials announce fourth Matthew-related death

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Kinston, N.C. (WNCT) – The death toll has risen to four in Lenoir County after a 55-year-old man was found behind Neuse Sports Shop Tuesday.

It is unclear at this time if Timothy Richard Fisher’s death is flooding related or from a medical issue.

Officials said the number one concern right now is getting everything back to normal, especially the roads.

U.S. 70 opened Tuesday afternoon. However, most roads are still closed.

Lenoir County leaders held a news conference Wednesday to update the community.

As of now, Highway 11 and 55 will remain out of service for a while. Hwy 258 will open possibly by Thursday.

Another issue addressed was FEMA.

Emergency Services Director Roger Dail said a center will open in Kinston in the next few days, “That’s where you as an individual can come and sit down and talk with FEMA or SBA or The Red Cross or volunteer groups or DSS to see other benefits your entitled to.”

“The south end of the county I think still has the most water on it,” said Commissioner J. Mac Daugherty. “We have the most roads that are torn up and in disrepair. And it’s going to be a challenge for us not just this week but in the next month or so to get all of our people back to normal.

If you see roads that are open with problems, make sure you contact NCDOT. Also, if your home is flooded and things are damaged, contact FEMA.

As for businesses in town, many started working Wednesday morning ripping up carpet and tearing down walls.

Most of them said they hope to re-open in the next few weeks.

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