Some flooding taking place now, other areas impacted later this week
GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Some of the rivers in eastern North Carolina have already crested from heavy rains that hit the Piedmont area last week. Other areas are expected to see the rivers continue to rise right into next week.
The Tar River has overtaken the Town Common parking lot in Greenville. Barricades are up to warn drivers and those walking in the area to avoid the rising waters. The Tar River is expected to crest Monday evening at 17.9 feet then will quickly begin to fall.
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In Greene County, the areas around the Contentnea Creek have already risen and have begun dropping. The waters crested at 20 feet, overflowing into freshly planted tobacco farmlands.
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"I consider April to Apri 15 prime planting time and it's also prime time for other crops like corn and soybeans," said Donnie Blizzard, a Greene County farmer. "We are just not accustomed to flooding this time of the year."
Blizzard said he has 3,000 acres of farmland across Greene, Wayne and Wilson counties. He said the tobacco acreage is about 720. So far, he's planted around 300. He said he's thankful he's only lost 85 acres but says it's still a devastating loss because, at this stage in the game, each acre has about $1,000 put into it.
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Residents in Goldsboro and Kinston, which were impacted by Hurricane Matthew, are also are on pins and needles. The Nature Conservancy in Kinston is already closed and Neuse Sport Shop, which recently opened after Hurricane Matthew, has indicated its parking lot will likely have overflowing waters on it. The store owners are watching with a closeful eye to see if actions will need to be taken there.
"Residents in most of our communities are seeing conditions starting to improve, but Goldsboro and Kinston residents need to remain especially vigilant," Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press release Monday. "While we don't expect today's risk of thunderstorms to cause more flooding, we cannot afford to let our guard down quite yet. Remember: don't drive around barricades on flooded roads. There are still a number of flooded roads throughout central and eastern North Carolina."
Stormy weather again Monday in the western part of the state was making its way to the Piedmont, which means more water from that area will make it to these parts later in the week and into next week. The Neuse River at Kinston isn't expected to reach its crest of 22.7 feet until Wednesday evening while the Contentnea Creek will still be fairly high even through Saturday.
Rivers and streams have returned to normal levels for the Cape Fear, Lumber, Haw and Cashie rivers. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.