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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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Oct8 Posted: 10/8/2016 11:05:00 PM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management, with the cooperation of the Pender County Health and Human Services and American Red Cross, opened two shelters at Topsail Elementary and Burgaw Middle schools.

“We are pleased residents are utilizing our shelters,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “As of now we have 32 occupants in Topsail and 87 in Burgaw. We anticipate as the rain and wind increase more people will voluntarily evacuate.”

The shelters have a capacity of more than 150 per location. Coastal residents and residents in flood-prone areas may evacuate today. Residents in unsecured manufactured housing may also seek.

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Oct8 Posted: 10/8/2016 11:03:00 PM

Even though Hurricane Matthew has passed, Pender County Office of Emergency Management urges residents to be proactive.

“The eye of Hurricane Matthew has passed Pender County, but residents need to remain vigilant,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “We are dealing with new challenges after the storm.”

With flash floods and power outages in Pender County, Collins recommends that residents continue to listen for updates and special instructions. Residents who voluntarily evacuated should not return home until local authorities indicate it is safe.

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Oct8 Posted: 10/8/2016 10:36:00 PM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management urges residents to stay off the roads tonight.

“Trees have toppled. Power lines are down. There are numerous road closures and high water on the roadways,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “We need everyone to stay off the roads.”

The Pender County EMS and Fire have currently suspended action due to treacherous roads on the west side of Pender County.

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Oct7 Posted: 10/7/2016 3:19:00 PM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management will open two shelters today. Topsail Elementary and Burgaw Middle schools will open at 6 p.m.

“We are continuing to track Hurricane Matthew,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “We are working with Pender County Social Services and American Red Cross to provide shelters.”

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management recommends residents seek shelter. Residents adjacent to coastal waters and in flood-prone areas should seek shelter. Residents in unsecured manufactured housing may also seek shelters at Topsail Elementary School or Burgaw Middle School. 

Voluntary evacuations are underway in Surf City and Topsail Beach.

Burgaw Middle School is a pet-friendly shelter.

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