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Floodwaters surround homes, businesses in Princeville

October 12, 2016 GMT

A town that made headlines following Hurricane Floyd in 1999 is dealing with a similar scenario in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Princeville, the oldest town in the country incorporated by African-Americans, was flooded Wednesday afternoon as water from the Tar River made its way past a levee designed to protect the town.

The Tar River had been expected to crest Wednesday afternoon at about 36 feet.

Residents of the town watched anxiously over the last few days as the river continued to rise following Matthew’s exit.

Across the Tar River, parts of Tarboro were also dealing with flooding from the river.


A mandatory evacuation of the Town of Princeville remains in effect Wednesday afternoon. Tarboro High School is the primary shelter in the area, and Pinetops Baptist Church has voluntarily opened their doors as a shelter as well, Edgecombe County officials said.