NC under State of Emergency as flood threat from cresting rivers continues into weekend

Posted November 13, 2020 9:27 p.m. EST
Updated November 14, 2020 9:55 a.m. EST

North Carolina under a State of Emergency as the flood threat from cresting rivers continues into the weekend.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is reporting hundreds of roads still closed from the heavy rains on Thursday.

Two days after the downpour, many are still covered and impassable.

Swift Creek Road is just one of many roads that are currently underwater. Signs are up warning the public this road is closed due to high water.

“We are playing the waiting game waiting on Mother Nature to let these storm waters go down," said Jamie Kritzer, spokesman for the NCDOT.

Amy Potter, a nearby resident, said, “It’s scary. The roads have washed out over the years, and that it is a prime place for it to happen again."

The water is receding in other places. The state saw a peak of 410 roads closed on Friday morning. That number was cut to 300 late Friday afternoon.

“This was the collision of two weather systems. It caused a great widespread rainfall across the whole state," said Kritzer.

Road closure signs have been set up near the flooded roads – a safety precaution Potter is grateful for.

“If you don’t have that road block up, people drive down there," she said.

As the water recedes, there are concerns about rivers cresting this weekend in the state, which could cause more flooding.

Neuse, Tar rivers still rising after Thursday's downpours

The greatest threats come from the Neuse River, forecast to reach major flood stage in Smithfield on Saturday, in Goldsboro on Sunday and in Kinston by Wednesday. The Tar River was expected to be over its flood stage at Tarboro on Saturday and Greenville on Sunday.

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