Pitt Co. prepares for widespread flooding in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew


OVER 100 SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED… AND MULTIPLE COUNTIES AND CITIES HAVE ISSUED EVACUATION ORDERS… AS THE EAST PREPARES TO SEE HISTORIC FLOODING. FLOODING/RAIN NATS IT’S A LINGERING EFFECT FROM MATTHEW. THE STORM DUMPED OVER A FOOT OF RAIN IN SOME SPOTS OVER THE WEEKEND… CREATING HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS AND CLAIMING THE LIVES OF EIGHT PEOPLE STATEWIDE. WE’RE TRACKING THE LATEST CONDITIONS AS FAR WEST AS NASH AND WAYNE COUNTIES… TO EDGECOMBE COUNTY… LENOIR COUNTY… CRAVEN COUNTY… AND PITT COUNTY… WHERE THE TAR RIVER IS EXPECTED TO REACH MAJOR FLOOD STAGE TODAY. OUR JESSICA JEWELL IS TRACKING THE LATEST CONDITIONS THERE… JESSICA? I’M IN AT THE TAR RIVER… HERE’S WHAT WE’RE SEEING HERE NOW… AD LIB. COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS WARN THIS IS A TWO PART STORM. TAKE A LOOK AT THE FIRST PART… FLASH FLOODING WE SAW OVER THE WEEKEND… WE SAW WASHED OUT ROADS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY…. SOME EVEN COLLAPSING….. STRANDED CARS…. AND WIDESPREAD DAMAGE. FIRST RESPONDERS ARE WARNING YOU TO PREPARE FOR THE SECOND PART OF THE STORM… LONG TERM FLOODING WE’RE EXPECTING THIS WEEK. SHERIFF NEIL ELKS IS URGING PEOPLE IN LOW-LYING AREAS TO EVACUATE NOW…. NOT JUST FOR YOUR SAFETY, BUT ALSO FOR THE SAFETY OF FIRST RESPONDERS. “WE ARE THERE TO ASSIST YOU AND OUR FIRST PRIORITY IS PUBLIC SAFETY AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THAT. LET MY DEPUTIES SPEND TIME KEEPING YOU SAFE AND FIGURING OUT HOW WE’RE GOING TO KEEP THE ROADS OPEN, TO THE FASTEST ROUTE TO THE HOSPITAL TO YOUR LOCATION AND THE FASTEST ROUTE FOR US TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND.” THE TAR RIVER IS EXPECTED TO SURPASS 20 FEET TODAY… AND REACH 26 FEET LATER THIS WEEK. THAT’S ONLY A FEW FEET AWAY FROM WHERE WE WERE AFTER HURRICANE FLOYD. WE’LL KEEP A WATCH ON CHANGING CONDITIONS HERE AND KEEP YOU UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE MORNING. LIVE IN GREENVILLE, JESSICA JEWELL. 9 ON YOUR SIDE. THE THREAT OF FLOODING FROM THE TAR RIVER REACHES BEYOND GREENVILLE… FORCING ONE EDGECOMBE COUNTY COMMUNITY TO EVACUATE. 17 YEARS AGO… HURRICANE FLOYD NEARLY WIPED OUT THE TOWN OF PRINCEVILLE. NOW… PEOPLE THERE ARE WORRIED FOR THE SAFETY OF THEIR HOMES… AND DON’T WANT TO REPEAT WHAT HAPPENED NEARLY TWO DECADES AGO. TWO SHELTERS ARE SET UP FOR PEOPLE IN TARBORO… AS THE PRINCEVILLE MANDATORY EVACUATION CONTINUES. THE NEUSE RIVER CONTINUES TO RISE… THREATENING MULTIPLE COMMUNITIES IN OUR AREA. ALREADY IN VANCEBORO… PARTS OF “STREETS FERRY ROAD” ARE BLOCKED OFF. THE ROAD IS FULL OF WATER AND IT CONTINUES TO RISE. CRAVEN COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE SAYS PEOPLE IN THE AREA HAVE EVACUATED. ONE VANCEBORO RESIDENT CAME TO SEE HOW HIGH THE WATERS WERE… AND SHE SAYS THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. “THIS IS UNDERWATER IN FRONT OF US WE’RE DRY RIGHT HERE BUT IN FIFTEEN TO THIRTY MINUTES DEPENDING ON HOW FAST THE WATERS COMING THIS COULD BE UNDERWATER SO WHILE YOU THINK YOU CAN GET OUT AND GO CHECK ON PEOPLE YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO GET BACK HOME THE WATER WILL COME UP THAT FAST.” EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CREWS ARE ON STANDBY IN BOTH VANCEBORO AND NEW BERN. THEY HAVE SWIFT WATER CREWS READY TO GO… SHOULD IT BECOME NECESSARY. KINSTON AND LENOIR COUNTY LEADERS ARE ALSO ASSESSING THE THREAT OF A RISING NEUSE RIVER. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR “ROGER DAIL” SAYS BY THE END OF THIS WEEK.. FLOOD LEVELS COULD SURPASS THOSE SET BY FLOYD. OFFICIALS HAVE COMPILED A MAP OF AREAS MOST LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED.. AND STRUCTURES WHICH COULD RECEIVE FLOODING. CHAIRMAN OF COMMISSIONERS CRAIG HILL SAYS THEY ARE TAKING IT DAY BY DAY. “EVERY STORM IS DIFFERENT EVERY EVENT I DIFFERENT AND SO YOU CANT LOOK AT THIS TO SAY THIS IS GONNA BE JUST LIKE FLOYD. THIS IS MATTHEW AND IT STANDS ON IT’S OWN. AND WE ARE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO MAKE THOSE ADJUSTMENTS AS WE GO.” AREA OFFICIALS ARE PROJECTING AROUND 17 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES. THE THREAT OF FLOODING FROM THE NEUSE RIVER HAS FORCED A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION ORDER IN GOLDSBORO. A CURFEW WENT INTO EFFECT OVERNIGHT… THOUGH NO WORD YET IF IT WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT TONIGHT. HOMES AND BUSINESSES ALONG THE NORTHEAST CAPE FEAR RIVERS AND THE CONTENTNEA CREEK COULD START TO FLOOD AS SOON AS TODAY. THOSE WATERWAYS… ALONG WITH THE TAR AND THE NEUSE… ARE EXPECTED TO CREST AT HISTORIC LEVELS LATER THIS WEEK. SARAH JAMISON WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EXPECTS THOUSANDS WILL HAVE TO BE EVACUATED AND MANY MORE WILL BE IN DANGER. “IF PEOPLE CAN KEEP THE MESSAGE: DO NOT ENTER FLOODED ROADWAYS, TURN AROUND, DO NOT DROWN, I THINK WE COULD PROBABLY GET AWAY FROM THIS EVENT WITH AS LIMITED IMPACT AND INJURY AS WE CAN.” THIS ROUND OF FLOODING COULD LAST UP TO A WEEK OR TWO IN SOME PLACES. JAMISON SAYS THE FLOODING COULD RIVAL THAT WHICH FOLLOWED FLOYD… BACK IN 1999. IN ROCKY MOUNT… CITY LEADERS ARE STILL URGING PEOPLE TO STAY INSIDE THEIR HOMES AND ONLY GET OUT ON THE ROADS IF ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW IS STONEY CREEK…. OVERFLOWING FROM THE TEN PLUS INCHES OF RAIN IT RECEIVED THIS WEEKEND. THE AREA ALSO RECEIVED FLOODWATERS FROM THE TAR RIVER.. THOUGH THAT’S EXPECTED TO BEGIN RECEDING THIS MORNING. FOUR PEOPLE IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY ARE STILL MISSING THIS MORNING… AFTER A ROUND OF SEVERE FLOODING FROM MATTHEW HIT THE AREA. THIS VIDEO FROM FAYETTEVILLE SHOWS THE EXTENT OF THE FLOODWATERS THERE. YOU CAN SEE A KAYAKER PADDLING AROUND SUBMERGED VEHICLES.. LOST IN THE MORE THAN 14 INCHES OF RAIN. GOVERNOR PAT MCCRORY IS EXPECTED TO TOUR THE FLOOD ZONE TODAY. WE’LL CONTINUE TO COVER FLOODING ACROSS THE AREA THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. YOU CAN STAY UP TO DATE BY DOWNLOADING OUR W-N-C-T NEWS APP… FREE ON THE APPLE APP

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