KINSTON, N.C. (WNCN) — Dangerous flooding is expected along the Neuse River at Kinston where a mandatory evacuation was ordered on Monday afternoon.

In that area of Lenoir County, the Neuse River is at about 21 feet, which is already 7 feet above flood stage.

Officials say that as water runs downstream it could go as high as 26 feet later in the week.

The mandatory evacuation is for residents and businesses along the Neuse River in Lenoir County, including Kinston, starting at 2 p.m. Monday.

Lenoir County is still under a state of emergency, which was put into effect last week just before Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina.

The Neuse River in Kinston was at 20.8 feet as of 5 a.m. Monday. Flood stage is at 14 feet and the National Service is forecasting the river to continue to rise to a mark of over 26 feet by early Friday.

One shelter is currently open for residents at Lenoir Community College. Only service animals will be allowed in the shelter with their owner. All other pets that are not service animals will be housed on the Lenoir Community College Campus.

If you bring your pet to the shelter, you will need to bring a three-day supply of food per pet, bowls, crates and leashes, according to authorities.

Care of pets while at the shelter is the sole responsibility of the owner, authorities say.

If you need assistance with evacuating to the shelter, please contact Lenoir County Emergency Operations Center at (252) 559-1911.

Lenoir County and the City of Kinston issued the mandatory evacuation.