WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Emergency management officials in Pender County issued a warning on Thursday ahead of heavy rainfall in the forecast Friday and Saturday.
According to WECT meteorologists, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for southeastern North Carolina from Friday morning into Saturday afternoon, particularly in poor-drainage or lowland areas.
Flooding is expected to get continually worse over the next few decades because of climate change, according to a major scientific report released last month.
In a Facebook post, Pender County Emergency Management share the following list of areas to watch:
- Minor flooding of roads in the River Bend and River Birch subdivisions. Flooding of Croomsbridge Road begins west of the bridge over the river.
- Water affects the lowest portions of River Bend Road and River Birch Road.
- Floodwaters continue to rise and affect roads in the River Bend and River Birch subdivisions off Highway 53 along the east bank of the river. Portions of Croomsbridge Road and Old Maple Hill Road become impassable.
- Floodwaters begin to affect roads in Alligator Lake subdivision. Flooding worsens in the River Bend and River Birch subdivisions and along Croomsbridge Road and Old Maple Hill Road.
- Flooding worsens in the River Bend, River Birch and Alligator Lake subdivisions off Highway 53 on the east bank of the river. Floodwaters continue to rise on Croomsbridge Road and Old Maple Hill Road. Holly Shelter Estates and the Sandy Bend subdivision begin to be affected.
- Floodwaters cause roads to become impassable in the River Bend, River Birch and Alligator Lake subdivisions off Highway 53. These areas become isolated due to the floodwaters and some evacuations may be needed. In the Holly Shelter Estates subdivision, half of the area has water on the roads due to floodwaters. Approximately 12 homes on Old Maple Hill Road off Shaw Highway become isolated.
- Floodwaters begin to affect Highway 53, Highway 210, White Stocking Road, Shaw Highway and Holly Shelter Road. Roads are passable but have water on them.