Hurricane Matthew-related river flooding has been and continues to be heartbreaking. But, having had several dry days since Matthew and with the promise of more rain-free days this week, the slowly-improving situation will likely continue to improve.
LUMBER RIVER: After cresting at a record-shattering 24 feet, the Lumber River at Lumberton had fallen to 14.5' feet as of Wednesday evening. Additional steady falls are likely through the weekend at Lumberton, Fairmont, Boardman, and Fair Bluff.
WACCAMAW RIVER: After cresting at a just-shy-of-Floyd 19 feet last week, the Waccamaw River at Freeland continues to fall. As of Wednesday evening, its level was 15.4 feet. Additional steady falls are likely through the weekend at Freeland, Pireway, and Ash.
CAPE FEAR RIVER: The Cape Fear River at Elizabethtown crested at 36 feet last week, but is likely to operate at near or just below flood stage at Elizabethtown, Kelly, and East Arcadia this week. Some disruptions are possible, but the situation has greatly improved.
NE CAPE FEAR RIVER: The Northeast Cape Fear River at Burgaw crested between 17 and 18 feet late last week; it is now subsiding. The river stage as of Wednesday evening was 10.9 feet and, at this rate, the river is on-track to fall below flood stage by Thursday or Friday.
BLACK RIVER: After horrific and record-setting flooding on the Black River last week and this past weekend, the river has finally dropped below flood stage as of Wednesday evening.
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