Flooding continues to threaten eastern North Carolina

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT/AP) — Flooding continues to create problems in eastern North Carolina, more than a week after heavy rains fell across much of the state.

Hurricane Matthew victim Starneisha Maye was at the Town Common in Greenville on Tuesday and said she was surprised to see how much water was in the Tar River.

“Looking at it does make it kind of scary,” said Maye.

Barricade have been placed in some areas around the river.

“It’s crazy to me,” said East Carolina University student Justin Warren. “Obviously, in one school year, we’re seeing two record floods like this. You could go your whole academic career here at ECU and not see a flood like this.”

While there is no building damage or destroyed homes, there is still a lot of water. The Town Common parking signs are halfway submerged and walkways are covered.

“We were expecting to see, you know, the water high, but not, you know, coming over on to the park and on to the boardwalk,” said Maye.

Taylor Lowman headed out to the Greenville dog park where she found “a huge water puddle in the back corner.” But that didn’t stop her dog from having a good time.

“She’s been playing; fetching it all day,” said Lowman. “We’ve been out here for a good 30 minutes now, and she’s not quit.”

While the water may be fun and games for furry friends, the waters still bring back harsh memories for Maye.

“Seeing things like this kind of puts people on edge because the last memory they have was, you know, what they’ve gone through previously,” said Maye.

9OYS Zora Stephenson said she didn’t see any water going into any homes or businesses in the Greenville area.

In Kinston, some homes and businesses are evacuating as the flooding is expected to be as bad as during Hurricane Fran in 1996.

Neuseway Nature Park in Kinston is completely under water, as the Neuse has risen above major flood stage at just barely more than 21 feet.

The river is expected to creep up another foot at least with a crest late Wednesday.

Nyisha McBride was one of dozens of people out along the riverfront in Kinston Tuesday to check on the Neuse.

“We have a lot of family and friends that live in the flood zone, so we’re hoping and we’re praying for you all that everything works out great within the community,” said McBride.

The water is not expected to get as high as it was during Hurricane Matthew, but the river will likely stay over flood stage for another week or two.

The river is expected to crest at just over 22 feet later Wednesday, which would be the sixth-highest all-time water mark.

The National Weather Service has flood warnings posted in nine counties.

Problems continue along the Tar River in Tarboro and Greenville, as well as the Neuse River in Goldsboro. Some flooding is also occurring along the Roanoke River and the Cape Fear River.

Gov. Roy Cooper warned Monday that there are still a number of flooded roads in central and eastern North Carolina.

Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy said a handful of businesses and homes are preparing for the Neuse to reach 23 feet Wednesday.