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McCrory: Flooding risk continues downstream but conditions improving elsewhere

Posted October 13, 2016 10:04 a.m. EDT
Updated October 13, 2016 10:05 a.m. EDT

— No new storm-related deaths were reported Thursday morning as rescue operations began to slow down and high waters—in some places—began to recede.

The total number of deaths held steady for the first time in nine days, Gov. Pat McCrory said at a press conference. But new flooding will again threaten counties in the eastern part of the state as other cities see rivers crest.

Edgecombe, Pitt, Lenoir, Pender and Bladen counties will all see continued flooding risk as the Neuse and Tar rivers rise. McCrory said Goldsboro saw the Neuse River exceed record levels, and Kinston could see the same as the river crests Friday.

As flood waters began to roll back, though, McCrory said help was coming: The federal government approved $5 million for emergency highway repairs and dispersed $2.6 million in aid to people who were affected by flooding.

The 43 shelters still open are housing almost 3,400 people, but McCrory said one of his main priorities is to get everyone out of the temporary situation.

"We want to get these people out of shelters so they have more privacy, so they have more dignity, so they have better care, so they can be with their families," McCrory said.