Roads close in Rocky Mount after Tar River reaches major flood stage

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Thursday, June 18, 2020
Families, businesses dealing with flooding in Nash County
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Business owners are worried about Thursday's flooding on the Tar River.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WTVD) -- Rocky Mount is dealing with serious flooding on Thursday morning, hours after dozens of people had to evacuate their homes in Nash County.

The severity of the flooding was seen along River Drive, North Wesleyan Boulevard and Sunset Avenue. All three roads were closed in each direction. A Lexus was seen trapped in high water in a residential area and the woman inside had to be helped out by first responders.

The National Weather Service tweeted the Tar River was expected to rise to over 25 feet overnight. ABC11 meteorologist Steve Stewart confirmed the river was at 26.5 feet in Rocky Mount just before 6 a.m. The river should be below flood stage in Rocky Mount by Sunday.

Nashville received 5.3 inches of rain on Wednesday and Thursday. Rocky Mount got 4.3 inches. On Thursday, a Nash County couple was rescued when their vehicle was swept off the road into the woods.