Flooding isolates homes, businesses in Goldsboro

Posted October 12, 2016 6:57 p.m. EDT

As the Neuse River crested near Goldsboro Wednesday, about a third of the area was left underwater, leaving 50 to 60 percent of the roads closed.

On Tuesday night, Highway 111 South was fine, but by Wednesday morning, the road was impassible, isolating homeowners and businesses.

Dwight Carter, of Goldsboro, said he is grateful the flood waters stopped shy of his home.

"It's nerve wracking because you don't have any control. It's Mother Nature and whatever it's going to do, it's going to do," he said. "We're lucky because we are two feet above the road...otherwise we'd be underwater right now."

The Neuse River also flooded Highway 581.

"It's devastating, we had knee-deep water with the rain," said Goldsboro resident Joe Finley before the river flooding. "This is just terrible. Never seen nothing like this around here."

Emergency responders said now, their biggest concern is keeping vehicles out of the receding flood waters. They warn the danger is not over.

"People are still driving through it today, they are driving through the water and they are winding up stuck and they are having to be rescued. So, if you see water, stay out of it," said Ivan Carter, a tow truck driver.

Emergency managers do not expect any significant changes in the water levels until about Sunday. Until then, residents are asked to mind the barriers and signs - and to not drive through standing water.