Mandatory evacuation of Black River Basin lifted
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management has rescinded its mandatory evacuation order for the Black River Basin. The order went into effect last Tuesday.
“There are homes and roads that are currently not accessible,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “We are lifting the mandatory evacuation for property owners who can reach their homes and businesses.”
Collins urged Pender County residents to use extreme caution when reentering flood stricken areas.
“The water is contaminated, so please do not use the water to clean,” said Collins. “Well water may also be impacted. Don’t drink the well water until the well has been decontaminated. After the well has been decontaminated, the Pender County Health Department, Environmental Department, will test the water for drinking. Don’t drink the water until it has passed testing.”
Collins also urged residents to not use electric chainsaws in standing water, to use insect repellant with DEET, and to be aware of bees, fire ants, snakes and alligators which may have been relocated by flood waters.