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11 a.m. Update Flood Warning for Cape Fear River, Voluntary Evacuation

Sep 14, 2018

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Cape Fear River with “confidence increasing in potentially catastrophic flooding in the Sandhills and the southern Coastal Plain.”

Based on information from the National Weather Service, there is a high probability the banks of the Cape Fear River will overflow at a level higher than occurred during Hurricane Matthew.

If you live in close proximity to the Cape Fear River, you should consider voluntarily evacuating that area. There is also a high level of concern for the safety of those in the vicinity of the Little River in the Manchester area and they should also consider voluntarily evacuating.

There is a high probability this will become a mandatory evacuation order within the next 24 hours, with the goal of residents being out of these possible flood areas by Saturday evening.

We are refining the areas of concern now based on the NWS forecast and will issue information on more specific areas that may be affected in the coming hours.

Residents should monitor the news media, social media and government websites for further direction emergency management.

The County has opened seven shelters, which are listed below.

Shelters

  • Kiwanis Recreation Center, 352 Devers Street, Fayetteville
  • Mac Williams Middle School, 4644 Clinton Road, Fayetteville
  • Pine Forest High School, 525 Andrews Road, Fayetteville (Pet accommodations provided)
  • Seventy-First High School, 6764 Raeford Road, Fayetteville
  • Smith Recreation Center, 1520 Slater Ave., Fayetteville
  • South View High School, 4184 Elk Road, Hope Mills (Pet accommodations provided)
  • W. T. Brown Elementary School, 2522 Andrews Church Road, Spring Lake

Shelter

Capacity

Current Population

at 12:30 a.m.

Kiwanis Recreation Center

100

55

Mac Williams Middle School

105

95

Pine Forest High School

225

92

Seventy-First High School

295

82

Smith Recreation Center

100

62

South View High School

310

154

W. T. Brown Elementary School

90

21

TOTAL

1,225

561

 

There may be a limited number of cots at some shelters and residents should take sleeping bags, blankets, mats, and /or cots.

Anyone who needs assistance with transportation to one of the shelters must call 910-678-7657 to submit a transportation request. FAST will continue transporting residents to shelters until it is no longer safe to transport.