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Rainfall of one to two and locally three feet from Hurricane Florence continues to bring extensive, long-lasting, and in some cases record-setting river flooding across southeastern North Carolina. As feared, flooding is occurring in some areas that have never had flooding before.
HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE LARGER, WELL-MODELED RIVERS…
WE KNOW LESS ABOUT THE MANY SMALLER RIVERS AND STREAMS, BUT… rainfall tallies and other storm-related and pre-existing conditions suggest flooding will assume a character as bad or worse than that of Hurricanes Floyd and Matthew. Rivers that fit this mold include, but are not limited to, the Waccamaw, the Shallotte, the Lockwood Folly, the Black, the Brunswick, and Town Creek. An interactive river stage interface is available at http://water.weather.gov.
PLEASE HEED THE ADVICE OF EMERGENCY OFFICIALS and, if and when you are told to evacuate a river flood zone, do so.
PLEASE BE PATIENT IN TRAVEL as river flooding is likely to significantly interrupt roads and other infrastructure across the Cape Fear Region.
RIVER STATUS AT A GLANCE, TUESDAY PM:
- Lumber River near Lumberton: Major flooding is happening now it is near its crest with a slight rise likely from here.
- Cape Fear River at Elizabethtown: Moderate flooding is happening now it is near its crest with a slight rise likely from here.
- Cape Fear River at Lock 1: Major flooding is happening now. The crest is likely Wednesday morning near record levels.
- Northeast Cape Fear River at Burgaw: Major river flooding now. The river is already at a record levels with slightly more of a rise likely from here.
- Black River at Currie: Slowly rising now, no projections as there is only a river gauge there.
- Waccamaw River at Freeland: Still rising now, no projections as there is only a river gauge there.
- Tidal river such as: Lockwood Folly, the Shallotte River, and Cape Fear River in Wilmington are generally running very high but slowly falling.
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