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Lenoir County Officials: Rain Shouldn't Pose Big Problems

Officials in Kinston say by sometime Saturday the Neuse River will have reached flood stage.

The river is at 13.5 feet which is right next to flood stage at 14 feet. But officials say recent changes they have made since Hurricane Floyd make high levels of the river manageable.

Emergency Services director Roger Dail says when the river hits 14 feet he has no worries, but he does expect it to be around the 17 to 18 foot mark by sometime next week.

Dail says the flood stage has to be pretty high to hit the streets or homes. Since hurricane Floyd Dail says most of the homes that would have been affected in a 20 foot flood stage have all been bought up or moved. Now during a 20 foot stage he says there could be some minor flooding in the streets.

So at least for now, the rain is only expected to impact a small portion of Lenoir County.


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