Hurricane Matthew leaves North Carolina with record breaking flooding. The death toll has climbed to eight.
Forecasters are anticipating areas along the Neuse River to experience possible flooding worse than the devastating flooding that followed Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Floyd caused a record high 28.9 feet and Matthew is expected to cause the river to rise to an astounding 30.9 feet by 2 a.m. Monday.
A majority of communities have homes and highways still submerged under water as a result of over flowing rivers and creeks caused by coastal storm surge. Several dams have breached and more potential flooding is expected in the area around Cumberland County, Fayetteville,N.C. located just south of Raleigh.
View photos of the devastation left behind by hurricane Matthew.
According to the New York Times, Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina said on Sunday morning that his state’s toll had risen to eight.
“All 2,000 residents of Princeville, the oldest town in the United States incorporated by African Americans, were told on Sunday afternoon to evacuate due to the risk of flash floods. Deputies went from house to house to spread the word about the mandatory order. The town, which was devastated by Hurricane Floyd in 1999, lies on the Tar River about 25 miles (40 km) north of Greenville. The river is projected to set a flood record of 28.4 feet (8.7 meters), about 10 feet (3 meters) higher than normal at nearby Rocky Mount later on Sunday, Assistant Fire Chief Ronnie Raper said.”
According to Reuters, “Tar River located about 25 miles (40 km) north of Greenville, N.C., home of East Carolina University, is projected to set a flood record of 28.4 feet (8.7 meters), about 10 feet (3 meters) higher than normal at nearby Rocky Mount later on Sunday, Assistant Fire Chief Ronnie Raper said.”
View video footage via Mike Morgan below.
— Mike Morgan (@mpm886) October 9, 2016