Water, water everywhere

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A heavy rain that blanketed eastern North Carolina into the morning hours on Friday caused considerable flooding in certain areas of Wayne County.

The National Weather Service reported Sunday morning that the Neuse River at Mar-Mac waas 22.0 feet - three feet above its flood stage. The river overflowed its banks, which flooded the boat ramp on parking lot of River Bar on Highway 117 South.

Flooding occurred in numerous areas that led to the closures of Fishing Creek, Ferry Bridge, Mills Creek and Richardson Bridge roads.

By mid-afternoon Friday, the river overflowed its banks at the boat ramp near Stevens Mill Road bridge. Stevens Mill Road had minor flooding on each side of the highway and remained under a flood watch the entire weekend.

Because of the recent below-freezing temperatures, drivers are cautioned to watch out for standing water that could have iced over during the night.

NWS warned residents to monitor flood waters in the following areas: Riverview Trailer Park, Stevens Mill Road, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Mar-Mac and possibly the Buckhorn Island subdivision.

Local law enforcement and emergency personnel urge drivers to not venture into a flooded area. They ask that you turn around and don't drown.

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