TARBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – It will be at least another two or three days before Princeville residents can return to their homes, the assistant county manager said Thursday morning.
The dike between Princeville and Tarboro is holding but water is spilling around it from the north and south. The water coming around the dam is flowing to Princeville.
The Tar River has grown to 36.29 feet since Hurricane Matthew dumped heavy rains across central and eastern North Carolina. Flood stage for the Tar at Tarboro is 19 feet.
The State of Emergency in Edgecombe County remains in effect and the mandatory evacuation of Princeville still stands, officials confirmed.
Assistant County Manager William Johnson said the Tar River has not risen since midnight and officials don’t anticipate it to swell further.
Despite the river holding, county officials said residents are reminded to not enter Princeville.
The National Guard arrived Thursday to help guard barricades.
A shelter at Martin Millennium Academy has reopened while the shelters at Tarboro High School and other voluntary church shelters remain open.
“(I’m) sad about the situation, because we weren’t the only ones that lost everything,” Lynn McLean of Princeville told CBS North Carolina. “It wasn’t just us. we don’t know how long it’s going to be before we see, or if we’re going to even have a home.”