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12:30 a.m. Update 555 People Report to Emergency Shelters

Sep 14, 2018

As of 9:45 p.m., 555 people have reported to the seven emergency shelters opened by the County. There may be a limited number of cots at some shelters and residents should take sleeping bags, blankets, mats, and /or cots.

The National Weather Service is predicting 10 to 15 inches of rain and possibly up to 20 inches for our area.

“There will be some places in eastern North Carolina where rain amounts could be up to 20 inches,” said Tracy Jackson, Assistant County Manager and Interim Emergency Services director. “The County is going to need outside resources due to the expected wide-spread flooding and long-term power outages.”

Cumberland County has requested additional assistance from the State, including a special needs/medical shelter and an overflow animal shelter for the Cumberland County Animal Control Shelter.

Swift water rescue teams are staged in Cumberland County to assist with rescue operations. A 45-person team from Nebraska Task Force 1 is positioned with the Hope Mills Fire Department and a 16-person team from California Task Force 2 is staged at the Stedman Volunteer Fire Department.

Additionally, the City of Fayetteville’s Fire and Emergency Management Department has seven swift water teams. During Hurricane Matthew in 2016, the Swift Water Rescue Task Force in Fayetteville made more than 700 water rescues.

To report a dam safety emergency situation, residents should call 1-800-858-0360. More information about dam safety can be found at https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/energy-mineral-land-resources/energy-mineral-land-permits/dam-safety.

Currently, there are 81 power outages in Cumberland County.

Shelter

Capacity

Current Population

at 12:30 a.m.

Kiwanis Recreation Center

100

57

Mac Williams Middle School

105

105

Pine Forest High School

225

83

Seventy-First High School

295

76

Smith Recreation Center

100

59

South View High School

310

160

W. T. Brown Elementary School

90

15

TOTAL

1,225

555