125+ water rescues in Wayne County and Goldsboro as Neuse River hits new record

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — The state of emergency was lifted Wednesday for Goldsboro and Wayne County after more than 125 people were rescued and one person died since Hurricane Matthew hit the area on Saturday.

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The storm dumped up to 18 inches of rain on Wayne County and on Tuesday night, the National Weather Service said the Neuse River at Goldsboro hit a new record at 29.58 feet. That level exceeds the Hurricane Floyd record by 0.73 feet or about 9 inches, according to the weather service.

Related story: Goldsboro man dies after vehicle is swept away by flood waters, police say

The county and Goldsboro had more than 720 incidents of flooding, water rescues or abandoned vehicles reported in the county and Goldsboro since Saturday morning.

Dozens of roads are still closed throughout the county and Goldsboro.  On Tuesday, Goldsboro police announced that a 54-year-old Goldsboro man died when his vehicle was swept away by flood waters on Saturday evening.

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County officials also said that nearly 130 people are in three Red Cross shelters that are open, including two in Goldsboro.

Officials also pointed out the sheer volume of emergencies that first-responders are dealing with.

They said that 2,254 calls to 911 have been made in Goldsboro and the county since Saturday, when normally only 300 calls are received a day.

“…first responders have been worked tirelessly around the clock in both dangerous hurricane and flash flooding conditions, and now in very dangerous high water river flooding,” said spokeswoman Tracie Davis with Wayne County and Goldsboro.

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“The City of Goldsboro and the County of Wayne commends all of these first responders for their life saving efforts, and for the work that they will continue to do as the number of water rescue incidents continue to climb during this flooding event,” Davis added.

One resident, Tommy Humphrey, was at the edge of a Goldsboro street on Tuesday flooded with water from the Little River.

He says since Tuesday morning he’s watched the auto body shop where he works, slowly become submerged.

“And on the other side there is a house. That’s where my mom and daddy lives,” Humphrey said.

Humphrey says his parents refused to leave their home. They’re safe, but the only way they can leave is by boat.

Down the road in Seven Springs, Shelby Joyce and her family were told by a firefighter to evacuate on Sunday, when waters just started rising.

“He said if we don’t get out now, he’ll make us get out, or either we would have to stay there and not guarantee if we would be rescued or not,” Joyce said.

The family has been staying in shelters since.

Joyce says they’ve tried to get back to their home to see the damage, but roads are blocked everywhere they go.

“We’ve tried getting through there but the water’s so deep we can’t get through there,” she said.

Some in Wayne County that were able to stay home, are without power.  More than 7,000 outages are still reported in the county.

“A tree had fell between my house and another house like the Lord had just laid it down. But, it took out every line on the street,” said Marynell Dingle.

Residents are resilient though, saying they will rebuild no matter how long it takes.

The following Red Cross evacuation shelters are open:

Carver Heights: 411 Bunche Street, Goldsboro
Eastern Wayne High School: 1135 E. New Hope Road, Goldsboro
Carver Elementary: 400 Old Seven Springs Road, Mt. Olive

For those who want to help residents impacted by floods, donated items can be dropped off at the Wayne Center, at the Corner of George and Chestnut streets in Goldsoboro, Davis said.

About 800 inmates at the Goldsboro Jail were evacuated to other secure areas on Monday after sewage problems at the jail. They were back in the facility on Tuesday after the problems were fixed, officials said.

Here is the list of closed roads as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

NC 111 A (NC-111) — South of Goldsboro / Both Directions
NC Hwy 222 (NC-222) — North of Eureka / Both Directions
NC 55 (NC-55) — West of Mount Olive / Both Directions
NC 55 (NC-55) — East of Mount Olive / Both Directions
NC 55 (NC-55) —  In Seven Springs / Both Directions
NC581 (NC-581) — South of Goldsboro / Both Directions
NC-581 (NC-581) — Near Goldsboro / Both Directions
NC 581 (NC-581) — West of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Corbett Hill Rd (SR-1006) — South of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Old Smithfield (SR-1007) — West of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Stevens Mill Rd (SR-1008) — West of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Edwards Store (SR-1102) — South West of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Slapout Rd (SR-1104) — West of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Herring Rd (SR-1127) — South of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Country Club Rd (SR-1135) — In Mount Olive / Both Directions
Country Club Rd (SR-1135) — South of Brogden / Both Directions
Dyke Smith (SR-1137) — Near Goldsboro / Both Directions
Baker Chapel Ch (SR-1138) — North West of Mount Olive / Both Directions
Selah Church Rd (SR-1203) — South of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Weaver Rd (SR-1215) — Near Goldsboro / Both Directions
Oakland Church (SR-1227) — West of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Luby Smith Rd (SR-1229) — North West of Fremont / Both Directions
Community Dr (SR-1237) — West of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Oberry Center (SR-1243) — Near Goldsboro / Both Directions
Claridge Nursery Rd (SR-1326) — West of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Riverbend Rd (SR-1329) — West of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Hooks Rd (SR-1353) — North of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Stan Ray Rd (SR-1525) — South of Eureka / Both Directions
Lanetown Rd (SR-1532) — North of Pikeville / Both Directions
Airport Rd (SR-1537) — North of Pikeville / Both Directions
Wayne Memorial Dr (SR-1556) — North of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Artis Rd (SR-1576) — North of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Woodpeck (SR-1725) — Near Elroy / Both Directions
Piney Grove Road (SR-1731) — North of Seven Springs / Both Directions
Park Road (SR-1742) — Near Seven Springs / Both Directions
Indian Springs Rd (SR-1744) — Near Seven Springs / Both Directions
Zion Church Rd (SR-1754) — Near Goldsboro / Both Directions
Broadhurst Road (SR-1913) — South of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Arrington Bridg (SR-1915) — South of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Pecan Road (SR-1918) — South of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Old Mount Olive (SR-1926) — North of Mount Olive / Both Directions
Genoa Road (SR-1927) — South of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Lightwood Knot (SR-1927) — Near Goldsboro / Both Directions
Emmous Church Road (SR-1932) — South of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Eagles Nest Rd (SR-1933) — East of Brogden / Both Directions
W. Ashe St (SR-2075) — In Goldsboro / Both Directions
US 117 (US-117) — North of Pikeville / Both Directions
US-117 — Near Mount Olive / Both Directions
US 13S (US-13) — South of Goldsboro / Both Directions
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Expressway (US-13) —  In Goldsboro / Both Directions
US 70 (US-70) — In Goldsboro / Both Directions
West Ash Street (US-70) —  In Goldsboro / Heading East

Click here for an updated list of road closings in Wayne County and Goldsboro

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