WAYNE COUNTY, NC (WITN) - More than 700 inmates who were evacuated from a state prison because of flooding concerns have returned.
The Division of Prisons says about 750 inmates returned to Neuse Correctional Institution Monday night. They were taken to dozens of prisons throughout the state last week because of flooding from the Neuse River.
Officials say the prison was not flooded, but there was concern that the prison could be cut off from nearby roads. Inmates were moved as a safety precaution.
A state prison in Eastern Carolina has been evacuated because of flooding concerns.
The 700 inmates from Neuse Correctional Institution have been moved to more than a dozen prisons across the state.
Prison spokesman John Bull says with the nearby Neuse River rising, there is concern that the prison could be cut off from adjacent roads. He said the minimum and medium security inmates were being moved out of an abundance of safety.
The prison is on Stevens Mill Road just outside of Goldsboro and the evacuations began Tuesday afternoon.
Staff at the state prison have been temporarily reassigned to other facilities.
Bull says the last time the entire prison was evacuated was back in 2016.