"I just cried," said Smita Depani. The force of the water knocked out some of the motel's walls, moved beds, and pushed windows out of their frames, littering the parking lot with bricks and broken glass.
After-school activities have also been canceled through Sunday, the release said.
Search and rescue teams were in the Cedar Creek area of Cumberland County performing well-being checks when a team member reported seeing a body.
As of 6 a.m., the river was measured at 61.58 feet, which is above the water level that caused devastating flooding during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
The body was found on Riverland Drive, which is right by the Cape Fear River.