Mandatory evacuation for Black River Basin in Pender County

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management has issued a mandatory evacuation for the Black River Basin.

“The Black River is rising 3-5 inches per hour,” Emergency Management Director Tom Collins said in a news release. “This is a mandatory evacuation. There are homes along the Black River that are already under water. Residents west of Moores Creek National Battlefield, including all roads connecting to Canetuck Road, need to leave their homes and businesses now.”

The evacuation area also includes Borough Road and adjoining roads, Battleground Road and west of Blueberry Farm Road, Beattys Bridges Road and Ivanhoe Road.

The American Red Cross and Pender Health and Human Services are coordinating shelters. A shelter is opening at 3 p.m. at Malpass Elementary School at 4992 Malpass Corner Rd., Burgaw. The shelter in Burgaw Middle School, 500 S. Wright St. in Burgaw, is a pet friendly shelter.

“Residents should heed the mandatory evacuation,” Collins said. “The water is rising fast. We are looking a record flood levels, dating back to 1945.”

Pender County is under a State of Emergency.

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