State of emergency declared in Edgecombe County as Tar River continues to rise

PINETOPS, N.C. (WNCN) — Edgecombe County has declared a state of emergency after this week’s heavy rains left some areas flooded and the Tar River has yet to crest, county officials said.
Public schools in the county will be closed Thursday, officials said.
CLICK FOR MORE FLOODING IMAGESSeveral roads throughout the county are impassable and people on Bynum Farm Road, just outside Pinetops, have been evacuated due to flooding.
The Tar River has continued to rise since the rain ended Tuesday morning, but it has not yet reached its peak in Edgecombe County, county officials said.
Officials said that according to the National Weather Service, the Tar River isn’t expected to crest until 10 p.m. Friday night. At that time, the river is expected to reach 31.7 feet at the Tarboro “Town Bridge” river gauge. Major flood stage at the gauge is 32 feet, officials said.

The river reached 36.2 feet after Hurricane Matthew in

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