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Flooding, high tide float Battleship NC


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Even though the rain is long gone, the water is still causing problems in some areas. Now the flood waters are making their way down the Cape Fear River.

All that extra water coming into the river and a lunar high tide this morning caused the Battleship North Carolina to float. The high tide was expected to be at least five feet above normal river level. Even though you may not have been able to see the ship move, if you were on it you could feel it sway a little.

Today was the first time since Hurricane Floyd in 1999 that the river was high enough to float North Carolina's World War II memorial.

"We are approximately 37,000 tons, plus and it just takes that little bit of extra added incentive of water to come underneath us for the ship to (float)," Battleship Promotions Director Heather Loftin said.

Even though visitors had to be picked up in the parking lot and transported to the front door, Loftin said the water did not affect business this morning. It's also not expected to impact the opening of the Ghost Ship at the Battleship tonight.

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