PENDER COUNTY –Chairman George Brown of the Pender County Board of Commissioners announced effective Sept. 15, 4 p.m a mandatory evacuation for residents along and near the Black River, the Northeast Cape Fear River, and creeks and streams.

“If you had flooding along the Northeast Cape Fear River during Hurricane Floyd, you need to evacuate now,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency manager. “If you had flooding during Hurricane Matthew, you need to evacuate.”

According the National Weather Service, the remnants of Hurricane Florence will produce as much as 24-inches of rainfall.

“Hurricane Floyd dropped 22 inches of rain and resulted in record flooding in Pender County,” said Collins.

Red Cross and Pender County Health and Human Services is currently operating four shelters. The Pender County shelters are located at Topsail Elementary, Cape Fear Middle School, Malpass Corners Elementary, and Burgaw Middle School.

The Burgaw Middle School pet-friendly shelter is located at 500 S Wright St, Burgaw. Topsail Elementary is located at US Hwy 17, Hampstead; Cape Fear Middle School is located at1886 NC Highway 133, Rocky Point; Malpass Corners Elementary at 4992 Malpass Corner Rd., Burgaw.

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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