The Tar River on Monday is expected to reach the 20-foot flood stage it hit in November when several people had to be evacuated from homes in Greenville.
The National Weather Service is forecasting the river will reach major flood stage, 19 feet, on Saturday then creep to nearly 20 feet by Monday afternoon.
Creeks and streams that feed the Tar River also are running high and will continue to rise through the weekend.
The river last crested at 20 feet on Nov. 16. Despite several early warnings, Greenville Fire-Rescue on Nov. 15 had to help 21 people and their pets evacuate from elevated homes at Dockside Duplexes on River Drive.
Local and state authorities on Thursday urged people to watch for flood conditions as waterways continue rising and rain persists. Because the ground is still saturated from earlier rains, a flash flood watch remains in effect until tonight, the National Weather Service at Newport/Morehead City reported.
Pitt County is expected to receive between 1.5 inches to 2 inches of rain through today.
Roads and property near the river are prone to flooding including the South Tar River Greenway, the city off-leash dog park, Town Common and parts of Mumford Road. The weather service advises that most of River Drive and the streets in Riverwalk Townhomes will likely flood.
It’s expected water will surround homes when the river reaches 20 feet. Portions of Pitt-Greenville Airport will also be inundated along with many acres of farmland.
The Greenville Public Works Department advised residents of River Drive, Benin Court and Derwent Court that sanitation crews are servicing their neighborhoods today instead of Monday so city crews could avoid flooded streets.
Contentnea Creek at Hookerton is expected to exceed 16 feet, moderate flood stage, Saturday afternoon.
The weather service said at 16 feet property on Loop Road north of Hookerton will be threatened by rising water. Several homes in northwest Greene County may be surrounded by water and N.C. 58 will likely be impassable heading into Wilson County.
People should never drive through flooded areas, the weather service said.