Tar River crests Monday after heavy rain and flooding in areas of Greenville

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — High water along the Tar River won’t be so high over the coming days. Flooding is starting to recede across Eastern North Carolina, but Pitt County officials said it’s still not the time to let down your guard.

Many families who were out at Town Common on Monday were surprised to see how high the river had gotten. Emergency managers said that will slowly change.

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“I was a little surprised to see the water being as high as it is,” said park-goer Carly Jackson.

“It was unnormal because I’ve never seen it that high before,” park-goer Lauren George said. “It’s a little bit concerning that it would keep rising.”

The Tar River levels are up after last week’s heavy rain, said Randy Gentry, director of Pitt County Emergency Management.

“Right now, it’s at 18.9 feet here at the Tar River with the gauge at the Town Common,” Gentry said.

It’s water instead of cars in the parking lots. The Tar River spent days creeping into the park and its riverside trail. Gentry said the worst is likely over.

“With the rain that’s been forecasted for later today (Monday), it should not impact the level of the river,” Gentry said. “Right now, pretty much where the water is, that’s the impact we are going to experience. It’s typically the known flooded areas that typically flood here in Pitt County.”

Those typical spots include Greenville’s River Drive area and property around Pitt-Greenville Airport. Gentry said things are getting better but the high water is still dangerous.

“Make sure you’re always aware of your surroundings especially if you’re living in a low-lying area,” he said.

Emergency managers are not expecting any turnaround in river levels even from the rain Monday. Officials expect to see the Tar River recede throughout the week.

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