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Neuse River in Kinston crests at 25.78 feet

LENOIR COUNTY, N.C (WNCT) - Flood levels in Lenoir County will now start to see some relief.
Officials announced Saturday the Neuse River crested early Saturday morning.

Bryan Hanks with Lenoir County Emergency Operation Center said the river crested at 1 a.m. at 25.78.

He said that is the highest level flood water from Hurricane Florence reached in the Neuse River. But you won't see this water going anywhere overnight.

"It's dropping but over 7 hours it's only dropped a tenth of a foot so it's doing it very very slowly right now, but we anticipate over the next few days it will continue to go down," said Hanks.

He said they can only estimate when the water will be completely cleared. In the meantime he offers advice to continue to keep you and your family safe.

"If you stand in flood waters even for a minute you probably need to go get a tetanus vaccine," said Hanks.

Florence has come and gone and Lenoir County officials are ready to help you find a new normal.

"We are one Lenoir county, we're one Lenoir county we know a river is separating us right now but we are as concerned with our residents that are on the southern part of the county as we are with the ones that are on the northern part of the county we are one Lenoir county," said Hanks.

If you have a FEMA claim you can call 1-800-621-3362.

There are sites in Lenoir County that are serving hot meals everyday at noon and at 6 p.m.

-Lenoir Community College

-Rivermont baptist Church

-Pink Hill Gym


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