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Oct12 Posted: 10/12/2016 4:41:00 PM

Evacuees who need to relocate their horses and livestock should contact the Pender County Emergency Operations Center, according to the Pender County Office of Emergency Management.

“Residents in the flood-prone areas along the Black River Basin are under a mandatory evacuation,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Residents with horses and livestock who need to be moved to a safe location should call us immediately. We are working with rescue networks to assist.”

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Oct12 Posted: 10/12/2016 4:38:00 PM

Currently 26 roads are closed in Pender County, according to the Pender County Office of Emergency Management. 

“We know more roads will close,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Flooding in the Black River basin and the Northeast Cape Fear River closed major arteries, including NC Hwy. 53 and NC Hwy. 210.”

The following roads are closed: Aviator Lane, Englishtown Road, Meadow Beauty, Croomsbridge Road, Rockfish Lake Road, Old Maple Hill Road, Shelter Creek Drive, Willard Railroad Street, NC Hwy 53, Beatty’s Bridge Road, Whitestocking Road, Morgan Road, Battleground Road, Brinson Road, Crooked Run Road, Buckle Road, Canetuck Road, Heading Bluff Road, NC Hwy 210, Calidonia Creek, Shane Pridgen Road, Shaw Hwy, and Hwy 53 at Moore Hill.

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Oct12 Posted: 10/12/2016 3:16:00 PM

 Regional flooding and debris from Hurricane Matthew may bring a tide of scam artists who promise home repairs. Scam artists will leave property owners high and dry.

“In previous weather events, we have heard reports of home owners who paid deposits on materials and the contractor never returned to complete the work,” said Randell Woodruff, Pender County manager. “We have heard reports where contractors charged outrageous fees for trimming broken limbs and not cleaning away the debris.”

Pender County officials urge residents to beware of scam artists in the aftermath of the historic floods in the county.

“Local chambers of commerce in Burgaw and the Greater Topsail area represent local reputable businesses,” said Chuck Strickland, the director of the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce. “Residents requiring home repair can find contractors on our websites or on our downloadable app.”

Residents are also urged to be alert to scam artists who claim to be gathering donations for flood victims. Residents who want to donate should give through churches, civic organizations, and to the Gateway Community Church, 416 W. Bridger St. in Burgaw. The church is serving as a distribution center. For details call Pastor Ted Mercer at 910-604-0071.

Residents are urged to report scam artists to local law enforcement agencies.

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Oct12 Posted: 10/12/2016 7:45:00 AM

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Oct12 Posted: 10/12/2016 7:10:00 AM

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.”

“Residents west of Moores Creek National Battlefield, including all roads connecting to Canetuck Road, need to leave their homes and businesses now.”

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 Rd., 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 St. in Burgaw, is a pet friendly shelter. Evacuees with pets should go to Burgaw Middle with proof of rabies.

“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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Oct12 Posted: 10/12/2016 6:51:00 AM

NC DHHS has not activated a disaster Food and Nutrition Services Program, USDA requires states first use the regular Food and Nutrition Services Program in an effort to meet the needs of citizens impacted by the disaster.  There must be a Presidential Individual Assistance Declaration before a disaster program can be considered for recipients not currently receiving Food and Nutrition Services.  Anyone not currently receiving Food and Nutrition Services may apply at any time with their local county department of social services office or apply using the online application at https://epass.nc.gov/.  Anyone who is currently receiving Food and Nutrition Services and experienced a food loss, must contact their local county department of social services within 10 calendar days from the date of the food loss and request a replacement of benefits.

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Oct10 Posted: 10/10/2016 7:05:00 PM

Residents along the Northeast Cape Fear River and the Black River are urged to take precautions in the event of flooding.

“This is urgent. Flooding along the Black River is going to be historic,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Residents in areas that are subject to flooding need to take precautions now.”

Some areas along the Black River are already flooding. The Black River is rising faster than the Northeast Cape Fear River, at a rate higher than Hurricane Floyd.

According to the Pender County Emergency Management Office, water is rising on the Northeast Cape Fear River.

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Oct10 Posted: 10/10/2016 7:00:00 PM

Running Deer Landfill, located at 7214 NC Hwy 210, Rocky Point, will accept yard debris from Hurricane Matthew. The landfill will not charge Pender County homeowners.

The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The landfill is accessible after-hours. The left-gate at the site should be used for Rocky Point yard waste and the right-hand gate is for Hampstead yard waste.

This service is for homeowners only. Contractors are not eligible for free drop-off.

At this time, do not leave your yard debris on the state right-of-way.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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Oct9 Posted: 10/9/2016 9:42:00 PM

Running Deer Landfill, located at 7200 NC Hwy 210, north of Hampstead, will accept yard debris from Hurricane Matthew. The landfill will not charge Pender County homeowners.

This service is for homeowners only. Contractors are not eligible for free drop-off.

At this time, do not leave your yard debris on the state right-of-way.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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Oct9 Posted: 10/9/2016 9:39:00 PM

Pender County employees will report to work Monday for full operation on a normal schedule.

“Pender County government offices will be open Monday to provide services to our citizens,” said Randell Woodruff, county manager.

Woodruff said he understands a few of the county employees were impacted by Hurricane Matthew. He said employees who are without power or storm-related issues may utilize their personal leave.

“I commend our Emergency Management Office staff, the sheriff’s department, State Highway Patrol, American Red Cross volunteers, Pender EMS and Fire, and our county employees who manned the Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Matthew,” said Woodruff. “They served our citizens in a time of disaster.”

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