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Historic flood forecast in Kinston causing detour closings

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Kinston, Lenoir County - According to Lenoir County Sheriff's Office, detours into Kinston have been pushed further east to Cobb rd.

A detour to Cobb rd. from 58 has been posted.

Highway 58 into Kinston has been closed as well as Will Baker road into Kinston.

Highway 258 that leads you to 11 has been closed.

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The forecasted river for the Neuse River in Kinston is now expected to be greater than the crest of Floyd by at least a foot.

The rapidly rising river has prompted the closing of Highway 70 and has created major travel problems for the Thursday morning commute. The road closing will last throughout the weekend and into next week.

The river is at 26 feet right now and is projected to crest just shy of 29 feet later Friday into Saturday morning.

The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office has set up a mobile command center on Southwood Memorial Church off Highway 58.

The command center is in place to help assist with severe water rescues and provide medical assistance.

According to the Kinston Mayor, BJ Murphy, there was a prayer service/community gathering planned for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Tiffany West/Neuseway Park. All were encouraged to gather and attend during the area's time of need.

Additionally, Governor Pat McCrory was set to assess flood destruction Thursday. The mayor said Governor McCrory would arrive at about 12 p.m.

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