Columbus County first responders attempting to reach flood victims

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Rising flood waters across Columbus County continue to hamper efforts as first responders attempt to rescue and distribute supplies to people impacted by flooding as a result of Hurricane Florence.

Columbus County Spokesman Mike Stephens said they are trying to provide supplies to people in a number of locations including Fair Bluff, Acme/Delco, Old Dock and Cruso Island Road.

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Right now, they have pods set up at all fire department stations across the county that are providing food items and other essentials.

In addition, three shelters across the county are serving approximately 300 evacuees. They are located at Edgewood Middle School in Whiteville, South Columbus High School near Tabor City and West Columbus High School in Cerro Gordo.

The Columbus County Emergency Management Office is coordinating its rescue efforts with FEMA, Coast Guard, US Army, NC National Guard and a number of swift boat rescue teams from other agencies.

As of Wednesday morning, there were no fatalities reported as a result of the storm.

Stephens said officials are particularly concerned about the county’s large elderly population and trying to reach them. There’s also a number of dialysis patients in which first responders have received calls to rescue, he said.

If you are in a home that has flooded or if you are concerned that it may flood in the days ahead, you should immediately call 911 to request a rescue.

Stephens said crews are still trying to send resources to remote areas of the county that have been cut off by flooding.

He asks drivers to yield the right of way to emergency vehicles who may be en route to rescue stranded individuals.

Dozens of roads across the county are impassable due to flooding and debris but the primary roads that are closed include US Highway 74 and NC 130.

Both the Waccamaw River and Lake Waccamaw are overflowing its banks and conditions are expected to worsen, Stephens said.

Food Distribution Centers for ACME/Delco/Riegelwood community:
Prosper Baptist Church
Delco Prosper Road
Red Hill Pentecostal Church
1198 ByrdvillE-Freeman Rd
Evergreen AME Zion Church
35 Evergreen Church Rd
Mt. Pleasant AMEZ
15956 Old Lake Road
Sandyfield Town Hall/Fire Dept.
1796 Woodyard Road, Riegelwood