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Neuse River in Goldsboro expected to crest Monday, roads flooded

Posted November 15, 2020 4:39 p.m. EST
Updated November 16, 2020 7:21 p.m. EST

— Wayne County Public Schools will continue with all-virtual instruction on Tuesday because of road closures from high water and river flooding.

On Thursday, heavy rain soaked much of central North Carolina, resulting in flooding and even some deaths. By Monday, most of the water had receded, but some area rivers are still affected, especially in Wayne and Sampson counties.

According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, the Neuse River at Goldsboro is forecast to remain at major flood stage through Tuesday and is the most concerning of the river levels, although sunshine and dry weather should help improve conditions. Numerous roads also remain closed in the area, adding to Wayne County's decision to keep students home.

Check road closures across the state on DriveNC.gov.

Other rivers are either at moderate flood stage or are below flood stage. Still, several counties east of the Triangle, including Cumberland, Johnston, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson and Wayne, are under a flood warning until further notice while rivers are monitored. See all alerts here.

Wayne school officials said the district's transportation department will use Monday to establish new bus routes in areas affected by flooding. Several road closures are expected to remain throughout the week.

All WCPS schools will return to their regular Plan B schedules on Tuesday.

Officials asked anyone who lives in an area where roads are unsafe or closed to travel to contact their child's school.

Curbside meal pickup will be available at the 15 designated school sites on Monday.

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