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Wayne County officials keeping close eye on Neuse; river expected to crest this weekend

Posted April 28

— Floodwaters continue to ripple through Wayne County days after the region saw multiple inches of rain, and emergency management officials are concerned things could get worse before they get better.

More than a dozen roads remained closed across the county Friday morning, and there could soon be more if the Neuse River floods.

Mel Powers, the county's emergency services director, says he expects the river to crest Sunday night into early Monday.

The Neuse is forecast to crest at about 23.7 feet, which is just below major flood stage, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. It will fall after that but remain in moderate flood stage through at least Wednesday.

At 23 feet, the Neuse will flood parts of a runway at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Homes in the Mar-Mac area of the county could also be affected, according to the National Weather Service. The county remains under a flood warning until further notice.

Flooding forecast: Neuse River to crest Sunday, April 30, 2017

Officials are monitoring flood-prone areas near the river and will keep a close eye on those areas over the weekend.

Powers also says several farms in the area have been flooded.

Natalie Mcarthur lives off Stevens Mill Road, an area that could see additional flooding in the next 48 hours. Mcarthur says firefighters came to her home Friday and said she could evacuate if she wanted to.

"I was actually surprised at how quickly the water was coming in. I didn't expect it," she said.

Mcarthurt's fiance, Jerimiah Waddell, says the family is planning to stay put for now.

"Our main priority is our kids. As long as they're safe and we've got power, we could be able to stay," he said.

A nearby neighbor, Justin Foy, says he's doing the same.

"If it gets to the point that it crosses the bridge down the road, I'll have to leave because that's the only way out," he said. "But I'll probably fight it out and stay here."

County officials were also warning residents Friday to pay attention to barricades blocking certain roads.

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