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Mayor declares emergency due to flooding

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ROCKY MOUNT — Mayor Sandy Roberson has declared a state of emergency for the city due to widespread flooding.

Unless extended, the state of emergency runs through 6 a.m. Monday.

Local emergency management officials are urging motorists to drive around flooded roads and obey detours.

Heavy rainfall resulting in flooding has caused the damage and destruction of property in parts of the city, especially in low lying areas.

While some waters have receded, Sunset Park and neighborhoods along the Tar River remained partially submerged Friday.

The river reached its third highest measurement in history Thursday. The river has only been as high in September 1999 in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd and October 2016 after Hurricane Matthew, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Rain is expected in the area all weekend, according to duty forecasters at the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

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