Neuse River crests, slowly begins to recede

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — After a week under a watchful eye, the Neuse River in Kinston has finally crested at about 21.4 feet.

It’s forecast to fall below moderate flood stage on Sunday and minor flood stage sometime next week or the week after.

However, several areas are already seeing substantial flooding, especially near the campgrounds and a portion of Highway 11.

The section of Highway 11, south of Highway 70 and between Goodman Road is shut down in both directions until further notice. Old Asphalt Road is also closed.

There is a detour set up through Highway 258 South and Tyree Road.

The river is expected to creep up at least another foot, with a crest sometime Wednesday night. It would be the 6th highest all time water mark.

At this point, emergency personnel like Lenior County Emergency Management director Roger Dail says this week’s flood is a hassle more than anyting.

“If everything holds true, I think we’ll be fine,” said Dail. “Again, just a lot of inconvenience and a lot of people that are worried (and) making sure that the forecast is right because if you’re off a half a foot here or a foot there it can really cause a lot of problems for a lot of people.”

There are some back roads that are flooded in the eastern part of the county. Dail said most of those areas are dead ends and won’t impact a lot of people

There is still a lot of flooding over by the Kinston Nature Center.

Residents in the area are keeping an eye on the river’s level.

“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 Nyisha McBride, Kinston.

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says drivers need to respect and obey road closed signs.

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