Although the rain has stopped, power is being restored, and weather conditions continue to improve, we are still experiencing flooding effects throughout large areas within Bladen County from Hurricane Florence.
Bladen County’s Cape Fear River Lock and Dams continue to rise with the following expected crest levels:
Lock and Dam #1- expected crest levels of 29.60 feet by Thursday, September 20, 2018. Higher than Hurricane Matthew levels of: 28.80 feet.
Lock and Dam #2- expected crest levels of 39.30 feet by Thursday, September 20, 2018. Higher than Hurricane Matthew levels of: 36.44 feet.
Lock and Dam #3- expected crest levels of 68.00 feet by Wednesday, September 19, 2018. These levels are similar to levels experienced with Hurricane Matthew, where we reached: 68.46 feet.
The Black River still remains a concern, with the last reading as of Monday morning documented as being 28.71 feet. Information received by local fire officials reported that the river is already 3 inches higher than that of Hurricane Matthew and that the river gauge has broken due to high water levels.
We are urging everyone to remain cautious of flooded roadways and areas, which are still posing a threat within the coming days in Bladen.
The Bladen County Emergency Operations Center will be continuously monitoring river levels for the potential of any flooding and need for evacuations.
Please contact the Bladen County Operations Center at 910-862-7813 for questions.
Stay tuned to your local and social media channels for updates.