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Cape Fear River expected to reach moderate flood stage

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The Cape Fear River is expected to reach moderate flood stage this weekend, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. 

“With many area rivers high or above flood stage when the rain falls late this week, flooding along area creeks may be worse than is typical for a 2 to 4 inch rain event,” said Rick Neuherz, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, in his briefing. 

While the forecast calls for two to four inches of rain Friday and Saturday, some rivers are already high or reaching flood stage. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Bladen County beginning at 12 noon Friday and continuing through 2 p.m. Saturday. 

A flood warning is also in effect for the Cape Fear River at the William O. Huske Lock and Dam No. 3 near Tar Heel. At 11 a.m. the river was reported at 44.85 feet and flood stage is 42 feet. The river is expected to crest at 54 feet on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

A flood warning is also in effect for the Cape Fear River at Elizabethtown. At 8 a.m. the river was reported to be at 23.3 feet on Thursday and flood stage is 25 feet. The river is expected to crest at 30 feet on Tuesday. 

The Cape Fear River at the William O. Huske Lock and Dam No 1 near East Arcadia was reported to be at 21 feet at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. Flood stage is 24 feet. The river is forecast to remain at or slightly below flood stage, according to the National Weather Service.