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Battleship loses battle with tide; forced to close

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The amount of water falling on southeastern North Carolina is making an impact in a lot of places. Along the Wilmington riverfront, the rain continues to fall, the river continues to rise, and all of this water made one of Wilmington's premier tourist attractions shut down early.

Because of an unusually high tide and how close the Battleship North Carolina's parking lot is to the river, the lot has a tendency to flood when waters rise. And this record-breaking rain has nowhere else to go.

"We've never closed the parking lot since I've been here in a year and a half, and it's probably been years since we've actually had to close due to the parking lot being flooded," Capt. Terry Bragg, USS NC Executive Director, said.

But across the river, some Water Street stores were still open for business Thursday afternoon.

"They've never had anyone come and warn them about the river breaking over before. This is the first time, so we're not really sure what precautions to take right now," said Hannah Wynne, who works at R&D Designs.

Three factors are combining to produce the potential for severe flooding: a naturally occurring tide dependent on the moon, the high river level due to rain water, and high tide. Because the water is so high already, high tide could push the river over its banks.

"I would say our normal customers haven't been coming down, and if they do, they call and they say, 'Are the roads ok? Are you guys open?' But it hasn't really affected business that much," Wynne said.

Visitors still want to see the battleship, too, but it is closed until conditions are safe. The Executive Director of the Battleship said it's still unclear when the ship will reopen. There could be more issues with the river through the weekend as flood water upstream heads this way.

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