Residents Wait For Water Levels To Fall

Hospital Road in Smithfield looks more like a river than a highway after being flooded Wednesday morning. Photo

Heavy rains continue to cause problems across Johnston County. The Neuse River along with several creeks and streams across the area overflowed their banks causing flooding concerns for many residents in low lying areas.

Wednesday morning, Smithfield Police shut down Buffalo Road and Hospital Road due to flooding. They are among more than a dozen roadways closed in Johnston County due to the high floodwaters.

The National Weather Service has issued a River Flood Warning for the Neuse River in Smithfield and Clayton.  Flood stage for the Neuse River in Clayton is 9.0 feet. It crested at 19.3 feet Tuesday night. It will fall below flood stage on Thursday.

Smithfield Police closed a section of Buffalo Road Wednesday morning due to flooding from the Neuse River.

In Smithfield, flood stage on the Neuse is 15.0 feet. Wednesday morning the river was at 23.6 feet and major flooding was occurring. The river will crest near 24.1 feet by Wednesday evening. It will take until Friday morning to recede below flood stage.

Emergency management officials said flooding of small creeks and streams will persist Wednesday, particularly where the heaviest rainfall occurred in the Triangle and Coastal Plain. Main stem river flooding will persist through the end of the work week.