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Flood Warning in Effect Through Sunday

Nov 14, 2018

The Little River and the Cape Fear River in Cumberland County are rising due to rainfall, but the increase is not expected to cause major flooding as experienced during recent hurricanes.

The National Weather Service Office in Raleigh has issued flood warnings for both rivers through Sunday morning.

The NWS is forecasting that the Little River will reach 23.6 feet in the coming days before falling, while the Cape Fear is expected to reach almost 45 feet by this evening. In both cases, this is considered moderate flooding for each river. Major flooding of the Little River occurs at 27 feet, and at 58 feet on the Cape Fear River.

The potential effects on these two rivers could be similar to these listed below:

  • Little River at 24-25 feet: Water reaches the base of the Manchester Road bridge and the foundation of the old Starlite motel at the intersection of Manchester Road and Bragg Blvd (Hwy 24/87) and Manchester Road is flooded.
  • Cape Fear River at 35 feet: The boat ramp and lower parking lot at Riverside Bat and Tackle off Person Street are flooded.

People living near these two rivers should monitor weather reports and be alert for flood watches and warnings. Cumberland County Emergency Management does not anticipate the need for protective measures and will continue to monitor river gauges and forecasts.

Always have an emergency plan for your family and pets in the event it is needed. Also, remember the phrase, “Turn around, don’t drown;” and do not to cross flooded roads or drive around barricades.