Communities across central NC bracing for weather

Johnston County News

Gov. Roy Cooper is urging everyone in North Carolina to pay attention to the weather. 

Mountain communities issued a winter storm warning, prompting road treatments and early releases Wednesday. Flooding is the concern in central North Carolina. 

In Raleigh, management with Thompson Buick GMC Cadillac told CBS 17 they moved about 600 cars from their dealership located on Wake Forest Road near Crabtree Creek. 

In Johnston County, officials were monitoring rising levels of the Neuse River in Smithfield. 

Doug Young makes a daily trip to the river in Smithfield. On Wednesday, he said the river looked a little different than usual. 

“It was surprising when I came in (Wednesday) afternoon and seen it,” Young said.

Sara Price and her family were amazed to see the river like it was in Smithfield. 

“It’s breathtaking,” Price said. “We come here and we walk a lot, but this was one of those times we didn’t walk because of the flooding.” 

Data from the National Weather Service showed the Neuse River in Smithfield rising to nearly 20 feet, close to major flood stage Wednesday.

Flooding closed parts of the Greenway Trail and roads throughout Johnston County. 

“Turn around,” Johnston County Emergency Services Deputy Director Josh Holloman said. “We don’t want you to go through there and to get stuck.”

Safety has been the key message from Johnston County Emergency Services officials. 

“We’re ready to go at a moment’s notice,” Holloman said. “We’re prepared to respond and change course, and do anything that’s required if there are issues.”

Meanwhile, Young said he isn’t too concerned. 

“It’s Mother Nature,” he said. “You’ve just got to follow Mother Nature and do what you can to help.”

As for the two roads in Johnston County closed Wednesday, Crantock Road is back open while Smith Road remained closed as of 9 p.m. Wednesday.

In Moore County, emergency management officials told CBS 17 they had three incidents where they got people out of cars after those cars drove around barricaded roads. 

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