Local Interest
6:23 am
Tue September 5, 2006

Predicted Rain Would Push Northeast Cape Fear Higher

Wilmington, NC – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management is beefing up staff as it waits to see whether more rain will push the Northeast Cape Fear River even higher over its banks.

Emergency Management Director Eddie King says he's staffing the 911 Center and putting two water rescue vessels on stand by through Thursday. That's when the National Weather Service predicts the river will rise to more than 17 feet, more than 7 feet over the flood stage.

King says on Tuesday several roads are flooded and homes are hovering over rising waters.

You get in around homes and there are areas that are just covered with water, areas that used to be open parking lots and just open areas under people's homes you'll have three to four to five feet of water standing homes now.

King says the county has access to high-clearance vehicles if needed. And says there are no reports of injuries related to the flooding Northeast Cape Fear River near Burgaw.