Kinston mayor talks about trip to DC, finding answers for flooding


KINSTON, Lenoir County - Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy and some of his representatives went to Washington D.C. Tuesday and Wednesday, seeking answers.

They went to figure out how to prevent the frequent flooding that's going on in Kinston from happening again. The current state of Contentnea Creek, a tributary of the Neuse River, has brought more rising waters to parts of the city that has seen enough of its fair share. Though it's not nearly as bad as Hurricane Matthew last year, the creek did reach a level of 21.47 feet before beginning a slow decrease Wednesday.

"The plight of our citizens along with the Neuse River Basin was heard in Washington, D.C.," Murphy said Wednesday.

Some businesses still cleaning up from Matthew have to deal with what's going on currently. That raises concerns as leaders try to fix the ongoing problem.

Murphy said this week's trip was about starting the conversation. He said there are lots more steps to follow before an actual solution is in place.

"The river is a really nice thing to have but we don't need to fight it so often and rebuild it so often," Murphy said.

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