Flooding in Fayetteville: Cape Fear River rising

U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer Samuel Knoeppel top and Randy Haba bottom left talk to Willie Schubert of Pollocksville N.C. as he is rescued from a rooftop in Pollocksville Monday Sept. 17 2018

The Little River area spans from the Cumberland-Harnett County line to Highway 87 in Spring Lake, Highway 401 in Linden and Highway 217 and Luke Road.

Mandatory evacuations have been announced for Cumberland County with everyone within one mile of the banks of the Cape Fear and Little River to leave immediately.

WE KNOW LESS ABOUT THE MANY SMALLER RIVERS AND STREAMS, BUT. rainfall tallies and other storm-related and pre-existing conditions suggest flooding will assume a character as bad or worse than that of Hurricanes Floyd and Matthew.

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Reid Hawkins is with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

The Cape Fear River and Little River continue to be a major concern for officials and residents in Cumberland County.

Topsail Elementary is located at US Hwy 17, Hamptead; Cape Fear Middle School is located at1886 NC Highway 133, Rocky Point; Malpass Corners Elementary at 4992 Malpass Corner Rd., Burgaw. The river is at 22 feet near the Port City, and Hawkins says they expect it to flood today. Officials are urging residents to pick a side of the Cape Fear River and stay there until the bridge reopens.

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