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Florence River Flood Briefing from Rick Neuherz, Hydrologist, with the National Weather Service says record flooding is ongoing as of 1 pm on Thursday, September 20th, 2018. There have been adjusted crest times and levels.

Lock and Dam #1 has not failed according to the Emergency Operations Center in Bladen County. The water is coming over the dike in Kelly, which has resulted in the current mandatory evacuation which was issued this morning. The center is reporting the Cape Fear River bridge in Elizabethtown is open.

Here are the highlights from the National Weather Service’s reports on the record breaking flooding.

Eight rivers forecast to reach (or currently in) MAJOR flood:

– Northeast Cape Fear River near Burgaw (crested at record)
– Cape Fear River at William O Huske Lock and Dam (currently cresting)
– Cape Fear River at Lock 1 near Kelly (record crest Saturday into Sunday)
– Lumber River at Lumberton (crested – second lower crest expected)
– Waccamaw River at Conway (record crest on Tuesday or Wednesday)
– Pee Dee River at Pee Dee (crest in major tonight through Saturday)
– Little Pee Dee at Galivants Ferry (crest near record tonight or Friday)
– Lynches River at Effingham (possibly just below major)

Two rivers forecast to reach (or currently in) MODERATE flood:
– Cape Fear River at Elizabethtown (crest less than a foot below record Friday)
– Black Creek near Quinby (crested)

One river forecast to reach (or currently in) MINOR flood:
– Pee Dee River at Cheraw (crested in major)

View the full briefing here:


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