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Edgecombe County residents continue to dry out as flood waters recede

Posted April 27

— Communities in Edgecombe County spent Thursday drying out from the latest round of flooding. Areas east of Rocky Mount and south of Tarboro took the brunt of the hit, and now residents are hoping it does not get worse.

"We've seen it two times this year, and then Floyd," said George Joyner, who owns a home in Rocky Mount.

Joyner's home backs up to the Tar River. Hurricane Floyd, in 1999, brought two feet of water inside his home and Hurricane Matthew brought water up to his backdoor. In comparison, the recent round of flooding that swallowed half of his yard is minor.

"As soon as she comes out of the banks down there, we start monitoring how much is coming up," he said.

Neighborhoods off of Bynum Farm Road in Pinetops were evacuated overnight. Families returned Thursday morning as water started to recede.

"It was really bad," said Arturo Oviedo, who lives in the area. "It's real bad. It made a hole in the entrance of my parents' house. It's going down now, but we're still scared it’s going to come back again."

Joyner is confident the worst is over, at least in his area.

"It will go on down now. Once it all starts to fall, it will keep going," he said.

But for storm-weary Edgecombe County residents, even a minor flood adds salt to their wounds.

"They're still recovering from Matthew, they're still actually doing repairs, now this stuff happens and it’s kind of like another nail," said Shane Cayton, a volunteer firefighter.

At one point, as many as nine roads were closed in the county due to flooding from the Tar River. Edgecombe County Schools announced they will open two hours late on Friday.

The river is expected to crest Saturday night at 25.7 feet in Tarboro.

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