River levels will gradually recede across the flood-ravaged eastern Carolinas as dry weather continues into the middle of next week.
Over a foot of rainfall fell across parts of the region last weekend as Hurricane Matthew moved northeastward along the coast. This led to one of the worst river flooding disasters in recent memory across eastern North and South Carolina.
While several rivers in the region crested to record heights earlier this week and are slowly beginning to recede, many will remain at major flood stage through the middle of next week. This includes the lower portions of the Lumber, Neuse, Cape Fear and Tar rivers in North Carolina and the Little Pee Dee River in South Carolina.
At Greenville and Kingston, North Carolina, water levels are expected to continue to rise into the weekend.
Additional emergency personnel and resources have been sent to these areas in preparation of the rising water levels, according to Gov. Pat McCrory's office.
The river flooding from Matthew eclipsed some records previously set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The Neuse River near Goldsboro set a record height of 29.74 feet on Wednesday, which surpassed the previous record crest of 28.85 feet from Floyd.
Twenty-two fatalities have been reported in North Carolina from Hurricane Matthew. All but one of these deaths has been due to drowning, according to Gov. McCrory. In total, Hurricane Matthew has killed at least 38 people in the United States, ABC News reports.
Residents are urged to never attempt to drive through floodwaters as it puts the occupants and would-be rescuers in grave danger. One woman and her five children were rescued after driving her truck into flooded Interstate 95 earlier this week, CNN reports.
Around 2,300 people have been rescued from floodwaters as of Thursday morning, Gov. McCrory's office reported.
It will still take days before floodwaters fully recede in some communities.
From Lumberton to Fayetteville, North Carolina, portions of Interstate 95 remained closed on Thursday due to flooding.
While many residents who were evacuated have been allowed to return home, over 3,000 people remain in shelters.
As tireless cleanup and rescue efforts continue during the coming days, the weather is expected to cooperate through at least the middle of next week.
An area of high pressure will remain anchored over the region, promoting dry and mainly sunny conditions through Wednesday.
The next threat for soaking rain may arrive during the latter half of next week into next weekend.
"Despite the days of dry weather ahead, the area will remain vulnerable for any future heavy rainfall events," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.