Tar River reaches flood stage in Nash, Edgecombe counties


ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) – Several days of rain caused the Tar River to reach flood stage in Rocky Mount and Tarboro, forcing some homeowners to keep a watchful eye on rising water levels.

In Rocky Mount, the Tar River is expected reach minor flood stage and crest at 21 feet Wednesday night.

“I’m just surviving the flood,” said Reggie Avent.

Avent’s home on Poplar Street was surrounded by water Wednesday, with some water creeping into the bottom level of the house.

“I had to make something so I could get back and forth into the house,” Avent said. The water reached the front steps of his home.

Avent said he has weathered four floods in the three years he’s lived in Rocky Mount. The most recent was during Hurricane Florence.

On Wednesday, Rocky Mount officials said there were no major areas on concern due to flooding, but standing water did force a few roads to close.

“It’s annoying. It’s annoying. You can’t get used to North Carolina weather,” Avent said.

Around the corner from Avent, on Morgan Street, Bobbie Pollard said flooding comes with the territory of living on the riverfront. Pollard said she lost everything in her home during Hurricane Matthew.  

Part of Mogran Street outside of Pollard’s home was flooded out Wednesday night. The park across from her home was also under water.

“If it starts getting any higher than that, then we started stages of moving the house up into the attic, higher cabinets and getting out of dodge,” she said.

Pollard said as long as the river crests at the expected level Wednesday night, she feels safe staying in her home.

“We’re feeling okay. We’re still opening the door and checking every once in a while cause you’re still a little nervous about it,” Pollard said.

The Tar River in Tarboro is as moderate flood stage, and is expected to crest at 26.9 feet Sunday.

On Wednesday, the river overtook a road along the river and a park, but officials said there are no areas of significant concern. However, officials plan to continue monitoring the river level.

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