Neuse River in Lenoir County continues to rise

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The Neuse River through Lenoir County is expected to continue rising through Saturday morning when forecasters predict it will crest at 25 feet. Forecasters predict it will stay that way for 12-to-24 hours before slowly receding. As of this morning, the water had risen to almost 23 feet. At a press conference this morning, county emergency services director Roger Dail told reporters officials expect rising floodwaters to eventually block access to Highway 258…

     “We can’t tell you when. We don’t know. It will close whenever, obviously, the water comes across. We get asked about Highway 70. It’s going to be very tight. There’s a possibility we might. But again, there are routes that DOT is working on with highway patrol to get people around some of this stuff.” 

Dail says Contentea Creek in northern Lenoir County crested sometime overnight or early this morning. He says there’s still flooding in that area and residents should be out by now. Dail says more than 100 people in the county have been pulled out of floodwaters, but officials don’t yet have an exact number of swift water rescues.