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Flood Warning For Cape Fear River

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – 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.