Dry Weather Helping Rivers Recede in the Southeast
Dry weather this weekend and this next week will be key as river levels gradually recede across eastern North Carolina. Record river crests were recorded on several rivers across this region over the past week but with the recent drier conditions, river levels are dropping.
A few rivers will not drop below flood stage by next weekend and lower sections of the Lumber, Neuse and Tar rivers in North Carolina will remain in major flood stage through the next couple of days. Flooding rain supplied by hurricane Matthew helped surpass flood records previously set by hurricane Floyd in 1999. The Neuse River near Goldsboro set a record with a height of 29.74 feet last week surpassing the previous record crest of 28.85 feet caused by Floyd in 1999.
Dry conditions should persist across the eastern part of North Carolina most of this week which should give rivers time to fall below flood stage and communities to dry out. Twenty six deaths have been attributed to hurricane Matthew in North Carolina, many of those a result of the historic flooding.