Mandatory evacuation in Pender County as Black River continues to rise

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BURGAW, N..C (WECT) — The Pender County Office of Emergency Management has issued a mandatory evacuation for the Black River Basin.

“The Black River is rising 3-5 inches per hour,” said Tom Collins, director of Pender County Emergency Management. “This is a mandatory evacuation. There are homes along the Black River that are already under water.”

Collins said residents west of Moores Creek National Battlefield, including all roads connecting to Canetuck Road, need to leave their homes and businesses now.

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The evacuation area also includes Borough Road and adjoining roads, Battleground Road and west of Blueberry Farm Road, Beattys Bridges Road and Ivanhoe Road.

“Evacuees may seek shelter at Malpass Corner Elementary or the Burgaw Middle School,” said Collins.

Malpass Elementary School is located at 4992 Malpass Corner Road in, Burgaw. The American Red Cross and Pender Health and Human Services are coordinating shelters.

The shelter at Malpass Elementary School will open at 3 p.m.

The shelter in Burgaw Middle School, 500 S. Wright Street in Burgaw, is a pet-friendly shelter. Evacuees with pets should go to Burgaw Middle with proof of rabies.

If evacuees can not get to either shelter, you may seek refuge at the Centerville Baptist Chuch located at 18577 NC Highway 53 E in Kelly.

“Residents should heed the mandatory evacuation,” said Collins. “The water is rising fast. We are looking a record flood levels, dating back to 1945.”

Pender County is under a State of Emergency.

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