After at least 15 inches of rain over the past six weeks, including more than an inch in the past two days, the water again is rising along the Cape Fear River and is expected to continue to rise through Thursday night.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the river that flows through Bladen County through Saturday afternoon. A flood warning means the river is expected to overflow its banks.
The warning includes the William O. Huske Lock and Dam No. 3 located near the Bladen-Cumberland County line, and Elizabethtown Lock and Dam No. 2.
The warning for Huske is in effect until Saturday afternoon. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the river stage was measured at 42.2 feet, slightly above the 42.0 flood stage. Minor flooding was beginning to occur, according to the National Weather Service. The river is expected to continue to rise to near 47.7 fee by Thurday morning before beginning to recede.
In Elizabethtown, flood stage is 25.0 feet and the river is expected to crest at 25.9 feet Thursday night.
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