Fair Bluff residents urged to evacuate as Lumber River rises

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Fair Bluff was evacuated on Oct. 10, 2016, after flooding from Hurricane Matthew inundated the town. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY)

FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — If you live in Fair Bluff and your home flooded during Hurricane Matthew, you are urged to evacuate.

With the Lumber River expected to rise at levels higher then Hurricane Matthew, fire crews are telling residents to evacuate on Sunday.

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According to The News Reporter, Fair Bluff Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Ken Elliott said the National Weather Service reports the Lumber River will crest in Lumberton at 24.9 feet.

Elliott says you need to plan to evacuate prior to that happening.

If you do not have transportation, Fair Bluff Fire & Rescue will transport to a shelter. Remember that if you evacuate to a shelter, take your bedding and necessary medications.

Fair Bluff Fire and Rescue will start transporting evacuees on Sunday at noon and will stop at dark due to safety issues.