Cumberland County opens 3 shelters ahead of Hurricane Matthew

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Three emergency shelters will be open in Cumberland County for those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The shelters are scheduled to open at 6 p.m.

  • Smith Recreation Center, 1520 Slater Ave., Fayetteville
  • Spring Lake Recreation Center, 245 Ruth St., Spring Lake
  • South View High School, 4184 Elk Road, Hope Mills

Cumberland County authorities are concerned about flash flooding from Matthew. Just last week, parts of the Sandhills were flooded by heavy rains.

Residents in low-lying, flood-prone areas are strongly encouraged to evacuate before road conditions worsen.

People will have the opportunity to shelter small animals, including cats and dogs, at county shelters over the weekend.

Cumberland County Schools released two hours early Friday.

District Superintendent Frank Till said he wanted to make sure all students got home long before dark.

Till said staff will assess situation Sunday to see if students will head to class Monday.

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