Pitt Co. warns several waterways could crest above major flood stages by end of week

Few power outages reported though

AYDEN, N.C. (WNCT) — Pitt County Emergency Management is warning that several waterways within the county have the potential to crest above major flood stages by the end of the week.

This is after heavy rain fell across much of the East overnight and into the early morning Tuesday, adding up to several inches in some areas.

Current predictions indicate the Tar River will surpass the 19’ “Major Flood” stage by Friday and later crest at 20.4’ on Sunday, April 30. Additionally, the Contentnea Creek is expected to surpass major flood stage at the same time, with cresting predicted at 18’ on Sunday, April 30 as well. In comparison, during the flooding following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, the Tar River crested at a height of 24.5’, while the Contentnea Creek crested at 24.1’.

Although high crest levels are predicted, Pitt County Emergency Management said significant uncertainty still remains as to what impacts to homes and business can be anticipated.

Pitt County Emergency Management did say they would continue to monitor the progress of water levels within the county over the coming days and is prepared to activate any appropriate response efforts.

The Neuse River near Kinston and the NE Cape Fear River near Chinquapin could reach “Moderate” flood status.

A number of roads were closed Tuesday due to flash flooding. Get the latest road closures here

If you’re driving, take it slow and never drive across flooded roadways. WNCT’s Connor Kick reported early in the day a lot of water along Highway 11. In several instances, he hydroplaned going 15 mph under the speed limit. Turn around, don’t drown.

Power outages were minimal; Dominion reported an outage in Bertie County and one in Martin County. For any outage reports, see the links below:

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